Construction crane collapses in downtown Miami

Irma sends cranes tumbling in flooded Miami

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

And because those cranes weren't created to withstand a storm of Irma's ferocity, city officials are telling people who live in the shadows of the giant lifting devices to leave.

Moving the cranes would have taken two weeks, city officials said.

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

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

The crane collapsed and fell into the top of a building under construction, said Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso.

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"The arm's counterbalance is very heavy and poses a potential danger if the crane collapses".

Abby Ape lives near where the crane collapsed in downtown Miami.

Now, we have seen that one has cracked and fallen in the downtown area.

Officials urged people in buildings facing the crane to seek shelter on the opposite side of the building or in a stairwell.

The major exception, Whiteman said, is if a tornado forms, which "virtually nothing" would be able to withstand.

Although Irma's eye was almost 100 miles from the Miami area, hurricane-force wind gusts battered the area on Sunday.

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

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