Cranes Snap in Fla. Due to Irma Winds

Tuesday, 12 Sep, 2017

A third construction crane has toppled in Florida in the powerful winds of Hurricane Irma.

Miami officials said on Twitter last week that it would take two weeks to move them - and two weeks ago, Hurricane Irma was not even a tropical storm.

A Florida man riding out Hurricane Irma in a nearby high-rise caught images of a massive construction crane that's collapsed.

Photo A partly collapsed crane in Miami on Sunday.

"We're telling people that if you live by a construction site you should evacuate", said Alyce Robertson, executive director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority.

The city has contacted the contractor and has contacted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will lead the investigation, Alfonso said.

"This particular crane, some of it was taken down", Jorge Perez, chief executive of The Related Group, Miami's largest developer, said by telephone.

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Abby Ape's 14th-floor apartment has a view of the toppled crane. Castor, shirtless in the 95-degree heat, said he hadn't yet heard about the mandatory mobile home evacuation. "And we're here to help and get as many people into shelters as possible". They planned to run into a stairwell if anything else happened. "In the future there should be an easy way to bring them down in events like this one".

Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm. Gusts over 90 miles per hour (145 kph) were reported at Miami International Airport.

Hurricane-force winds are continuing throughout southern Florida, including the Keys.

The city and surrounding areas were under a tornado watch September 10. The employee captured video of the collapse.

Castor was raised in Miami, and Mastropaolo said she weathered Sandy and other storms on Long Island. "But for the grace of God, that (collapse) could be me".

Colon said the Salvation Army offers three meals a day, which, for some now sheltering there, may be the first meal in a few days.

Without the arms and counterbalances, only the cranes' towers would have been left standing, and those are extremely strong, Mr. Barth said on Sunday.