As Hurricane Ian barrels near Florida, Amazon has temporarily shut its warehouses there.
According to warnings delivered to staff members and examined by CNBC, the business shut down installations close to Tampa and Orlando on Tuesday. The warnings add that Amazon anticipates the facilities to remain shuttered until Friday.
One message, addressed to staff at a facility in Temple Terrace, a Tampa suburb, said, “We will continue to watch the weather and will offer updates on when the building will reopen.”
Amazon acknowledged that it is closing some sites in advance of the storm as a safety measure.
Richard Rocha, an Amazon representative, said in a statement that the company is “closely watching the path of Hurricane Ian and making adjustments to our processes in order to keep our employees and those doing deliveries for us safe.” “We continue to make adjustments as needed. We are in continuous contact with our staff and delivery partners to ensure that everyone is aware of any site closures or unsafe conditions.”
Hurricane Ian was upgraded by the National Hurricane Center on Tuesday to a Category 3 storm with top sustained winds of 120 mph. Florida citizens were warned by FEMA and the White House to respect evacuation orders from their local authorities and to not undervalue the severity of the storm. After touching down in Cuba, the hurricane has only gotten stronger.
As Hurricane Ian nears the southeast coast, Amazon is the most recent business to change how it conducts business. Prior to the hurricane, The Walt Disney Company and Comcast’s Universal Studios are closing their theme parks in Orlando. A number of airports in the state also made closure announcements.