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Treacherous Conditions Close Mackinac Bridge

Treacherous Conditions Close Mackinac Bridge
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It may be sunny and warm in the Cereal City, but the Mackinac Bridge Authority was forced to close the Mackinac Bridge, Tuesday afternoon, because of falling ice from the cables and support towers.

According to the Associated Press, the bridge remained closed Tuesday night, reopening Wednesday morning, and then closing again later Wednesday morning because of high winds.

As of 6:48 PM Wednesday evening, the bridge is open, but with high wind warnings. The Mackinac Bridge Authority warn that vehicles pulling campers and trailers, motor homes and enclosed semi-truck trailers are most vulnerable to the high winds. Drivers of these vehicles are urged to travel at 20 M.P.H., activate their four-way flashers and travel the outside lane.

It was in 1989 when Leslie Ann Pluhar died when her 1987 Yugo was blown over the edge of the Mackinac Bridge, plunging into the waters of Lake Michigan. It is believed that the cause of the accident was high winds and excessive speed.

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