A crane tower is seen after part of it collapsed from the winds of Hurricane Irma on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
A construction crane collapsed onto a high-rise building in Miami as winds from Hurricane Irma intensified across the city, triggering floods and storm surges in the area.
According to reports from city officials, the crane fell on Biscayne Boulevard, located in the heart of downtown Miami.
If you’re in a building in the area of NE 3rd street & Biscayne Blvd facing the crane seek shelter in the opposite side of Bldg or stairwell
Separately, a video posted to Twitter showed Brickell Avenue, an upscale business and residential district near Miami Beach, was already being flooded out as Irma’s fury rained down on the region.
In preparing for the storm, Miami city officials warned residents in the downtown area to take extra precautions, due to the 20 to 25 construction cranes towering over the streets.
Currently, there are 20 to 25 constructions cranes in the City of Miami. These tower cranes are designed to withstand winds up to 145 miles per hour, not a Category 5 Hurricane.
Vice Chairman of Coastal Construction Dan Whiteman said he has 12 cranes in the Miami area, which are designed to spin like weather vanes to ensure stability, according to an Associated Press report.