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Another Reason To Evacuate Downtown Miami: Construction Cranes

Another Reason To Evacuate Downtown Miami: Construction Cranes

So far no injuries related to the crash have been reported.

Photo A partly collapsed crane in Miami on Sunday.

But Thomas Barth, who owns Barth Crane Inspections in SC and investigates crane accidents, said the cranes' arms and counterbalances could have been taken down with the help of crews from out of state if necessary.

"All we care about is the safety of everyone right now", Shear said. The Miami city manager, Daniel Alfonso, did not respond to an email on Sunday, and no one answered the phone at his office. It's one of two-dozen in the city.

The cranes could not be removed in time before the storm hit the area. "Falling cranes kill people", the county said in its suit.

Abby Ape's 14th-floor apartment has a view of the toppled crane.

"We all know in this business - full moons and storms are a problem", said Kim Kendall, director of the hospital's family birth center.

Irma knocks out power to about 600000 customers in Florida
FPL also said it will proactively shut down certain substations before they flood, so they can turn them back online more quickly. Stay far away from downed power lines and anything that may be in contact with a downed power line.

More than 116,000 people have been accommodated in 530 temporary shelters. Just behind me you can see one section of Miami's lovely glass filled skyline.

Though 180 kilometres from Irma's landfall in the Florida Keys, hurricane-force winds from the 400-mile-wide storm were being felt through the Miami area. According to the Weather Channel, Miami had seen reports of gusts above 130 miles per hour with several reports in the 100 miles per hour range. That storm flooded northeast Florida, destroying homes in St. Augustine and the surrounding area.

An employee with the National Weather Service captured the crane boom and counterweight collapse on camera.

The same videos showed his tower cranes spinning in the background.

Andy Castaldi, head of catastrophe perils at the reinsurance company Swiss Re, said the cranes added a terrifying element to the hurricane hazards that Miami potentially faces, including airborne debris and flooding exacerbated by rising sea levels. "But for the grace of God, that (collapse) could be me".

Because of its hesitation to move northwestward, the NHC said its new track guidance has shifted slightly westward - just a little left of its previous one. "Consider that the counterbalances on tower cranes weigh about 20,000 to 30,000 pounds".

Construction sites across Irma's potential path in Florida are being locked down to remove or secure building materials, tools and debris that could become flying missiles in hurricane winds.


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