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Tower Crane Spins As Irma Outer Bands Hit Miami

11 September 2017

It wasn't immediately clear whether the collapse caused any injuries.

The city has contacted the contractor and OSHA, and said building officials will assist OSHA "in any way possible". That has left the Miami skyline dotted with construction cranes that were not taken down before the storm.

There was a concern the cranes could collapse. The building was still in tact despite the crane's failure.

"We heard a loud crack toward the bay", Ape said. People also posted pictures of the cranes. They planned to run into a stairwell if anything else happened.

A construction crane collapsed and fell onto a nearby building as Hurricane Irma blasted South Florida with hurricane-force winds. 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.

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The city and surrounding areas were under a tornado watch Sunday.

More than two dozen cranes hang over residents' heads with horizontal arms of the tall tower devices hanging loose as they could not be tied down or moved in preparation for Irma.

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

An evacuation order was issued for the area where the cranes are located. "Our cranes are still weather vane-ing".

City manager Daniel Alfonso says officials knew Irma could be a serious threat with about a week's notice, and that wasn't enough time to take all the cranes down.

Tower Crane Spins As Irma Outer Bands Hit Miami