Crane collpases in Miami after Irma makes landfall

Crane collpases in Miami after Irma makes landfall

Crane collpases in Miami after Irma makes landfall

The cranes were thought to be able to withstand the direct hit of a Category 4 hurricane, however, Irma's winds in Miami are just at the Category 1 level. Miami is seeing 100 miles per hour wind gusts as the storm moves over Florida.

- The National Weather Service says that a crane has collapsed in Miami as strong wind from Hurricane Irma blows in.

The City of Miami issued a formal evacuation warning on Tuesday afternoon via Twitter to residents (and occupants of high-rises in particular) about the threats posed by unmoored cranes and projectiles.

Before the storm, the city of Miami had warned of the dangers of the tower cranes dotting the Miami skyline - some 20 to 25 across the city. City officials told people to leave if they live in a path of these cranes.

City officials last week said that the cranes could not be tied down or moved. And its heavy counterbalance could cause severe damage in the event of a collapse.

The deputy director of Miami's building department, Maurice Pons, said in the city's statement that he "would not advise staying in a building next to a construction crane during a major hurricane like Irma".

Meantime, officials from Broward County report that a man fell to his death from a nine-story building while boarding up windows.

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