Amazon temporarily closes some Florida warehouses as Hurricane Ian approaches

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Amazon is briefly closing warehouses in components of Florida as Hurricane Ian churns towards the state.

The corporate on Tuesday shuttered websites close to Tampa and Orlando, in response to notices despatched to workers and reviewed by CNBC. Amazon expects the amenities to stay closed till Friday, the notices state.

“We’ll proceed to watch the climate and can present updates on when the constructing will reopen,” in response to one discover, which was despatched to employees at a facility within the Tampa suburb of Temple Terrace.

Amazon confirmed that it is closing some websites as a security precaution forward of the storm.

“We’re carefully monitoring the trail of Hurricane Ian and making changes to our operations in an effort to maintain our workers and people delivering for us secure,” Richard Rocha, and Amazon spokesperson, stated in a press release. “We’re in common contact with our workers and supply companions to make sure everyone seems to be conscious of any website closures or unsafe situations and can proceed to make changes as wanted.”

The Nationwide Hurricane Middle on Tuesday upgraded Hurricane Ian to a Class 3 storm, with most sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. FEMA and the White Home urged Florida residents to heed native officers’ evacuation warnings and to not underestimate the storm’s magnitude. The hurricane has continued to strengthen after making landfall in Cuba.

Amazon is the most recent firm to regulate its operations as Hurricane Ian approaches the southeastern coast. The Walt Disney Company and Comcast’s Common Studios are closing their Orlando-based theme parks forward of the storm. A number of airports within the state additionally announced closures.

Disclosure: Comcast is the guardian firm of NBCUniversal and CNBC.

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