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Crane collapses as winds howl in South Florida

Crane collapses as winds howl in South Florida”

A crane has reportedly cracked in downtown Miami as Hurricane Irma moves through the city.

The deputy director of Miami's building department, Maurice Pons, said in the city's statement that he "would not advise staying in a building next to a construction crane during a major hurricane like Irma".

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

There were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries.

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

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"It takes five to six days per crane, and they can be up to 900 feet tall and include 10,000-pound counterweights", WLRN reports.

Hurricane Irma is presently a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour and is moving west northwest at 17 miles per hour. The building was still in tact despite the crane's failure.

Parts of South Florida are now projected to have a 90 percent chance of experiencing at least tropical storm-force winds, the National Hurricane Center noted in its 2 a.m. advisory.

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.

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