Amazon closes some warehouses in Florida as Hurricane Ian approaches

Packages transfer alongside a conveyor at an Amazon success middle on Cyber Monday in Robbinsville, New Jersey, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.

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

The firm on Tuesday shuttered websites close to Tampa and Orlando, in keeping with notices despatched to staff and reviewed by CNBC. Amazon expects the amenities to stay closed till Friday, the notices state.

“We will continue to monitor the weather and will provide updates on when the building will reopen,” in keeping with one discover, which was despatched to staff at a facility in the Tampa suburb of Temple Terrace.

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

“We’re closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Ian and making adjustments to our operations in order to keep our employees and those delivering for us safe,” Richard Rocha, and Amazon spokesperson, stated in a press release. “We’re in regular contact with our employees and delivery partners to ensure everyone is aware of any site closures or unsafe conditions and will continue to make adjustments as needed.”

The National Hurricane Center on Tuesday upgraded Hurricane Ian to a Category 3 storm, with most sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. FEMA and the White House 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 Universal Studios are closing their Orlando-based theme parks forward of the storm. Several airports in the state additionally introduced closures.

Disclosure: Comcast is the dad or mum firm of NBCUniversal and CNBC.

WATCH: Florida’s Gulf Coast braces for Hurricane Ian to make landfall

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