Huge construction cranes loom over Miami as Irma threatens

Irma's Winds Buckle Three Giant Cranes In South Florida

A construction crane collapsed and fell onto a nearby building as Hurricane Irma blasted South Florida with hurricane-force winds.

Emergency personnel were unable to respond because of high winds, Miami-Dade County Director of Communications Mike Hernandez said.

Earlier this week, Florida issued mandatory evacuation orders for the Keys ahead of Hurricane Irma's anticipated Category 5 landfall this weekend.

A crew will be dispatched to secure the crane as soon as weather conditions improve, developer Ryan Shear, a principal of Property Markets Group, said in an emailed statement. "The answer - it's a slow process that can take about TWO weeks and there is NOT enough time", they said.

David asked Schofer how safe high-rise buildings might be from Irma.

There was a concern the cranes could collapse.

Hurricane Irma's powerful winds forced one crane in downtown Miami to snap in half Sunday morning.

A collapsed construction crane seen in downtown Miami
A collapsed construction crane seen in downtown Miami

The city and surrounding areas were under a tornado watch Sunday.

"AVOID THE AREA!" the city's tweet said.

Tower cranes can rise hundreds of feet into the air on steel frameworks, and are used to lift steel, concrete, heavy construction equipment and other building materials. The tower cranes with a boom on top are created to spin like weather vanes, so they should be stable if Irma strikes, Whiteman said.

The horizontal arms of some cranes were left loose to spin in the winds.

Apparently, the cranes are built to withstand winds up to 145 miles per hour, and while the weather experts in the U.S. have been tracking Irma for over a week, there was no confident way of predicting the direction it might head in.

"This is a life-threatening situation", the National Hurricane Center said.




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