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High-rise cranes collapse in downtown Miami in hurricane-strength winds

11 September 2017, 12:38 | Katrina Lee

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Officials said the counterbalance of the cranes' arms are very heavy and can cause severe damage if the cranes collapse.

City officials said they were using geo-fencing, a 911 communication system, as well as social media, to contact residents in the area.

According to the resident, the crane is on top of the PMG building that is now under construction.

The cranes were thought to be able to withstand the direct hit of a Category 4 hurricane, however, Irma's winds in Miami are just at the Category 1 level. That has left the Miami skyline dotted with construction cranes that were not taken down before the storm. The building was still in tact despite the crane's failure.

More than two dozen cranes hang over residents' heads with horizontal arms of the tall tower devices hanging loose as they could not be tied down or moved in preparation for Irma.

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

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They are created to withstand winds up to 145 miles per hour, but not a Category 5 hurricane, when winds top 157 miles per hour, city officials said.

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

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.

"The luffing crane can not rotate like a weather vane", Whiteman said.

A second crane collapse was later reported at a building under construction on Northeast 30th Terrace.



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