Crane Collapses As Hurricane Irma Hits Downtown Miami

Posted September 11, 2017

Days before the evacuation order, City of Miami officials warned residents who live next to the construction cranes to evacuate to avoid putting their lives at risk.

The crane's arm is now dangling over a high-rise under construction in downtown Miami.

"Streets have to be closed, another crane has to be brought in", he said.

As Irma's outer bands barreled into South Florida Saturday, a high-rise hazard materialized in Downtown Miami.

They could not be moved ahead of Irma because the massive equipment, with counterbalances weighing up to 30,000 pounds, is a slow process that would take about two weeks to complete, according to city officials.

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Comparing a storm with the lightest hurricane winds of 74 miles per hour to a hurricane with 148-mph winds, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says, "The 148 miles per hour hurricane (a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale) may produce - on average - up to 250 times the damage of a minimal category 1 hurricane". She told The Associated Press that from her 14th floor apartment, she saw the crane toppled over where it hit another building.

She also could see another nearby construction crane spinning, and she said she felt anxious about her family's safety.

"The luffing crane can not rotate like a weather vane", Whiteman said. A half-million homes were without power in Miami-Dade County and heavy flooding was a problem in some areas.

"The crane structure can collapse", said Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso earlier this week.

Alfonso said there were no reported injuries or deaths so far from the storm.