TWO cranes on top of downtown Miami high-rises collapse in hurricane winds, damaging buildings and sparking fears that the rest of the city’s two dozen cranes could topple and cause carnage

Sunday, September 10, 2017
By Paul Martin

At least two construction cranes have collapsed in downtown Miami on Sunday amid the havoc wrought by Hurricane Irma
There are two dozen construction cranes looming over the city’s center, which is filled with high-rises
It is not clear yet whether any property was damaged or whether anyone was injured in either collapse

10 September 2017

Two cranes atop high-rise buildings under construction collapsed Sunday in downtown Miami amid strong winds from Hurricane Irma — the first known crash of the two dozen such heavyweight hazards looming over the city skyline as the monster storm powers across the state.

One crane collapsed in a bayfront area filled with hotels and high-rise condo and office buildings, on Biscayne Boulevard and near AmericanAirlines Arena, according to a tweet from the city of Miami.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether either collapse caused damage or injuries, CNBC reported.

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

Though Miami is far from Irma’s landfall in the Florida Keys, winds from the 400-mile-wide storm were blasting through the metro area. The city was under a tornado watch Sunday.

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

“AVOID THE AREA!!” the city’s tweet said.

Two dozen tower cranes working on construction sites throughout the city were a concern ahead of Irma.

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