Irma's winds snap construction crane in Miami

Miami Beach Mayor In His Office As Hurricane Irma Lashes Florida

As Miami was hammered by tropical storm force winds and the occasional hurricane force gust generated by Hurricane Irma, the booms of two tower cranes in the city came down Sunday.

Officials with developer The Related Group told the Sun-Sentinel the crane collapse caused no injuries and did not appear to damage anything else.

A crane in downtown Miami, Fla. destroyed by strong winds from Hurricane Irma.

Miami Beach Mayor In His Office As Hurricane Irma Lashes Florida

"We got the opposite results from what I expected because those who stayed and who were under mandatory evacuation, they had more dependable social networks than those who evacuated", said Jennifer Collins, one of the University of South Florida researchers who conducted the study. Parts of Florida could receive up to 25 inches of rain, and winds as powerful as 130 miles per hour were recorded in the state earlier Sunday.

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

Hurricane Irma has weakened to a Category 2 storm, technically losing its major hurricane status, after making landfall in southwestern Florida.

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The bank said today the decision was made for the safety of its employees and customers based on the severity of storm forecasts. Maurice Pons, deputy director of the city's building department, said in a statement then that he "would not advise" riding out the storm near one of the cranes.

The Tampa skyline is pictured across Hillsborough Bay ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Tampa, Florida, U.S., September 10, 2017.

The City of Miami tweeted that people in a building facing the crane should try to take shelter on "the opposite side" of the building or in a stairwell.

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Construction sites across Irma's potential path in Florida were locked down to remove or secure building materials, tools and debris that could be flung by Irma's winds.

"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.

A tornado could have ripped the crane loose, Whiteman said.

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