Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Another Reason To Evacuate Downtown Miami: Construction Cranes

Another Reason To Evacuate Downtown Miami: Construction Cranes

Additionally, each crane can take five or six days each to dismantle, and local news outlets say there are twenty to twenty-five construction cranes now erected in the downtown Miami area.

Officials from the city of Miami say there are more than 20 cranes in downtown Miami right now.

City officials have told people to leave if they live in a path of these cranes.

There were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries.

The city identified two dozen tower cranes working on construction sites as a concern ahead of Irma.

"It takes five to six days per crane, and they can be up to 900 feet tall and include 10,000-pound counterweights", WLRN reports.

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Emergency personnel were unable to respond because of high winds, Miami-Dade County Director of Communications Mike Hernandez said. The building was still in tact despite the crane's failure.

The boom of the crane collapsed at the Vice Tower in Miami, The Miami Herald reported.

"The crane structure can collapse", said Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso earlier this week. Miami is seeing 100 miles per hour wind gusts as the storm moves over Florida.

Social media posts showed areas of downtown completely under water, with main roads resembling white-water rivers.

"The luffing crane can not rotate like a weather vane", Whiteman said. As the city of Miami said in its news release about the risk, "The crane's arm has to remain loose; it is not tied down".

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