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Amazon suspends operations at some facilities as Hurricane Ian approaches Florida

By Catherine Thorbecke, CNN Business

Amazon is temporarily suspending operations at some of its facilities as Hurricane Ian heads toward Florida, the company confirmed to CNN on Wednesday.

Storm, just short of Category 5 strength, is expected to make landfall in southwest Florida on Wednesday afternoon. He is already delivering devastating winds and rain to the region.

“We are closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Ian and making adjustments to our operations to ensure the safety of our employees and those who deliver to us,” Richard Rocha, a spokesperson for Amazon, said. CNN in a statement.

“We are 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 any necessary adjustments,” Rocha added.

CNBC previously reported that Amazon had closed warehouses near Tampa and Orlando. The outlet cited notices sent to employees indicating that Amazon expects facilities to remain closed through Friday.

Amazon declined to detail specific locations.

Employees who are required to work will continue to be paid while sites are closed, according to Amazon. There are more than 8,000 full-time and part-time Amazon employees in the Tampa area.

Some other major businesses in the Florida area also announced adjusted operations due to the approaching hurricane. The Disney World and Universal Resort theme parks in Orlando will be temporarily closed Wednesday and Thursday. The storm has also been linked to a slew of flight cancellations at Florida airports.

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