Follow KDKA-TVFacebook | Twitter

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) – Strong winds have forced the closure of the Olympic Park in Gangneung.

READ MORE: State Police Capture 'Armed And Dangerous' Victor Steban, Wanted For Questioning In Penn Twp. Double Homicide

The local Olympic organizing committee announced the closure at about 5 p.m. local time, though they were taking place well before that. Officials began evacuating the Olympic Park at about 3 p.m., with public-address announcements in Korean and English urging spectators to go indoors because of the wind.

READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?

As workers disassembled tents that were taking the brunt of the wind, volunteers with bullhorns walked around telling fans to go inside for their safety. Many spectators sought shelter in buildings near the Gangneung Hockey Centre. As of mid-afternoon, general admission to the park was no longer allowed.

Windy conditions in the mountains have already led to the postponement of several events, including Tuesday’s women’s slalom.

MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 166 New Cases, 4 Additional Deaths

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)