Packages move along a conveyor at an Amazon fulfillment center on Cyber Monday in Robbinsville, New Jersey, U.S., Monday, Nov. 29, 2021.
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Amazon is temporarily closing warehouses in parts of Florida as Hurricane Ian bears down on the state.
The company closed sites near Tampa and Orlando on Tuesday, according to notices sent to employees and reviewed by CNBC. Amazon expects the facilities to remain closed until Friday, the notices said.
“We will continue to monitor the weather and will provide updates on when the building will reopen,” according to a notice sent to workers at a facility in the Tampa suburb of Temple Terrace.
Amazon confirmed it is shutting down some websites as a precautionary measure ahead of the storm.
“We are closely monitoring Hurricane Ian’s path and making adjustments to our operations to keep our employees and those who deliver for us safe,” Amazon spokesman Richard Rocha said in a statement. “We are in regular contact with our employees and delivery partners to ensure everyone is aware of any closures or unsafe conditions and will continue to make adjustments as needed.”
National Hurricane Center Tuesday upgraded Hurricane Ian to a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. FEMA and the White House urged Florida residents to heed evacuation warnings from local officials and not underestimate the size of the storm. The hurricane has continued to strengthen after making landfall in Cuba.
Amazon is the latest company to adjust its operations as Hurricane Ian nears the Southeast coast. The Walt Disney Company and Comcast’s Universal Studios closes their Orlando-based theme parks ahead of the storm. Several airports in the state too announced closures.
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