Crane cracks and falls in Miami

Crane cracks and falls in Miami

Only a few contractors are certified to remove those cranes, and they would not have had enough time to move them out of harm's way even if they all were working at the same time in Miami to prepare for Irma, he said.

South Florida officials are expanding evacuation orders as Hurricane Irma approaches, telling more than a half-million people to seek safety inland.

Anyone in a building in the area of Northeast 3rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard was urged to stay in the building but away from any wall or window facing the crane.

"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.

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

Authorities expressed concern earlier in the week as 25 cranes still stood in Miami during Irma.




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

David asked Schofer how safe high-rise buildings might be from Irma.

Abby Ape lives near where the crane collapsed in downtown Miami. Irma is now a Category 4 storm, but it's bringing maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour - and gusts of more than 180 miles per hour - as it churns toward Florida's coast.

The crane's arm is now dangling over a high-rise under construction in downtown Miami. "We will have a crew over to secure the crane as soon as the weather permits".

"This is a life-threatening situation", the National Hurricane Center said.

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