Hurricane Irma topples construction crane in Miami, triggers flooding

Saul Bowman
September 11, 2017

City officials warned residents living in downtown near construction sites about the possibility of crane's collapsing.

The crane is over a building under construction, according to Rick Seara with the City of Miami.

City officials last week said that the cranes could not be tied down or moved.

No injuries have been reported.

Authorities expressed concern earlier in the week as 25 cranes still stood in Miami during Irma. "The answer - it's a slow process that can take about TWO weeks and there is NOT enough time", they said. 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. Although Miami will miss the worst of Irma's top winds of 130 miles per hour, the Miami has seen gusts of up to 100 miles per hour.

County officials had already ordered evacuations Wednesday for Miami Beach and the other barrier islands.

The boom of the crane snapped off and is now still connected to the tower, but is hanging off the side of the building.

"The luffing crane can not rotate like a weather vane", Whiteman said.

Although Irma's eye was almost 100 miles from the Miami area, hurricane-force wind gusts battered the area on Sunday. He said videos of the collapse posted on social media showed a luffing crane, which lacks a horizontal arm and does not spin.

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