High winds and rain make a mess of roads and runways Friday

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High winds and wet weather made for some challenging travel Friday on the roads and in the sky.

At Indian Shores, there was damage to buildings that forced an evacuation.

“It was kind of surprising to see the whole roof come off. We looked out and there's garbage, part of the roof all the way across the street. But [there was] no leak or damage inside the condo at all,” said Tom Bennett, who is visiting from Kentucky.

There was also wind damage to a condo in Seminole, and even the Skyway Bridge shut down for most of the day. But that didn’t keep tourists and daredevils from checking out the beaches.

“Well it was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be, you couldn’t really get out to the big waves. You had to stay a little more local,” said surfer Maverick Fulvi.

“It was freezing. It was bad. I can’t feel my toes,” said surfer Austin Berringer, who joined Fulvi in the gulf during the high winds to check out the big waves.

Closer inland, the roadways were a wet mess with many seeing tail lights.

“Getting here, traffic was pretty heavy I thought. [We] had showers on and off, but we made it. So, it wasn’t too bad,” said traveler Bruce Belanger.

At Tampa International Airport planes used a different runway than usual to take off and land due to high winds.

Some flights were even delayed for bad weather in other regions.

“Originally, we were going to fly out about 7 p.m. tonight. We moved it up to a 2:30 p.m. flight and now here we are, it’s 6 p.m. almost,” said traveler Robbie Shields.

Travelers said it’s just part of the journey to get to loved ones for the holidays.

“We’re getting together with family and friends Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,” said Belanger.

Anyone traveling to the airport Saturday should check their flight status for any potential delays.