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Crane cracks and falls in Miami

11 September 2017, 12:50 | Myrtle Vega

Surge flooding on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami as Hurricane Irma strikes the city and empties streets on Sunday

Surge flooding on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami as Hurricane Irma strikes the city and empties streets on Sunday

No injuries were reported after either crash, said Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso.

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.

The first crane fell in a bay-front area filled with hotels and high-rise condo and office buildings, near the AmericanAirlines Arena, where the NBA's Miami Heat play.

David asked Schofer how safe high-rise buildings might be from Irma.

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

Irma is forecast to make landfall in southern Florida early Sunday and pass west of Miami, with sustained winds at or above 145 mph; its hurricane-force winds extend up to 70 miles from its center.

Dan Whiteman, vice chairman Coastal Construction, said he has 12 cranes in the Miami area.

Recently planted palm trees lie strewn across the road as Hurricane Irma passes through Miami Beach on Sunday
Recently planted palm trees lie strewn across the road as Hurricane Irma passes through Miami Beach on Sunday

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

"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.

"Our cranes are still weather vane-ing", Whiteman said.

A tornado could have ripped the crane loose, Whiteman said.

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

"Hurricane winds are blowing in one direction but a tornado could twist things, and nothing can be created to withstand the tornado effect", Whiteman said.

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