Crane Collapses As Hurricane Irma Hits Downtown Miami

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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.

One crane collapsed on top of a high rise under construction at 300 Biscayne Boulevard, City of Miami officials tweeted. "Taking them is not something you can easily do".

There were no injuries reported, according to the Herald.

For an entire generation in South Florida, Hurricane Andrew was the monster storm that reshaped a region.

The crane is over a building under construction, according to Rick Seara with the City of Miami.

Those counterweights could pose a grave threat if any of the cranes are unable to withstand wind and flying debris.

"We're trying to find out what its potential path downward is and how to secure it", Maloney said by phone.

The storm slammed into Cudjoe Key at about 9 a.m. with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. The employee captured video of the collapse. The boom is still connected to the crane's tower by a cable, hanging partially over the building's side.

Dan Whiteman, vice chairman Coastal Construction, said he has 12 cranes in the Miami area.

The general contractor is Moriarty, Pons said. But the county mayor said that number could surge today depending on the information officials receive from the National Hurricane Center, which is tracking the Category 5 storm.

The horizontal arms of the tall tower cranes, however, will remain loose despite the potential danger of collapse.

Miami Heat officials said some of the arena's exterior paneling was damaged, but there was no structural damage.

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