It’s been a stormy year in NYC, and yesterday’s wind gusts reached almost 50 mph!
And you can definitely see evidence on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, which connects Brooklyn and Staten Island.
A video was posted by NYC Fire Wire, which shares the “news, history, events & incidents of the FDNY” from members (though it is not associated with the organization in an official capacity) of the bridge actually moving and creaking during Monday’s storm. The sounds are especially ominous:
Though it looks rather frightening, it is actually quite normal for a suspension bridge because of their lightness and flexibility.
Still, the bridge was shut down from traffic yesterday morning starting around 10:30 a.m. due to the wind conditions. It began with just the upper level, and then the lower level was closed as well. They both reopened around 3:45 p.m.
The upper level of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge is closed to all traffic in both directions because of high wind conditions.
Traffic is being diverted to the lower level at this time.
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