Crane collapses in Miami from Hurricane Irma winds

Posted September 11, 2017

As the city's first known crash, local news affiliate WSVN reports the crane snapped in half over a building under construction in downtown Miami, next to the federal prison in front of the courthouse.

Vice Chairman of Coastal Construction Dan Whiteman said he has 12 cranes in the Miami area, which are created to spin like weather vanes to ensure stability, according to an Associated Press report.

Some two dozen other cranes in the city were still upright, Alfonso said.

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No injuries have been reported.

About 25 cranes remained up before the storm approached South Florida. "The answer - it's a slow process that can take about TWO weeks and there is NOT enough time", they said. Gusts over 90 miles per hour (145 kph) were reported at Miami International Airport. She told The Associated Press that from her 14th floor apartment, she saw the crane toppled over where it hit another building.

The arms of the tower cranes are left unlocked during storms, allowing them to swing around and follow the wind, much like a weather vane.

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Social media posts showed areas of downtown completely under water, with main roads resembling white-water rivers.

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

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

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