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Hurricane Irma Arrives And Leaves Downtown Miami Submerged Under Water

Hurricane Irma Arrives And Leaves Downtown Miami Submerged Under Water

MIAMI -Two cranes atop highrise buildings under construction collapsed Sunday, Sept. 10 in downtown Miami amid strong winds from Hurricane Irma.

The city identified two dozen tower cranes working on construction sites as a concern ahead of Irma.

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.

Tower cranes are hundreds of feet tall, and their counterbalances can weigh as much as 30,000 pounds.

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

"The crane industry opposed it", said Audrey Edmonson, the Miami-Dade County commissioner sponsored the rule.

Toronto-Dominion Bank is closing all 81 of its branches in South Florida in preparation for the arrival of hurricane Irma.

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When considering the risks of high-speed winds, it's important to remember that their power and potential for damage grow exponentially.

And that, he says, is all he needs to hunker down through a massive storm coming straight at him.

Jose, which was upgraded to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane Friday with 150 miles per hour winds, is following Irma's path and is forecast to come close to the already decimated Leeward Islands, including St. Martin and Barbuda. "We will have a crew over to secure the crane as soon as the weather permits".

The first crane fell in a bay-front area filled with hotels and highrise condo and office buildings, near the AmericanAirlines Arena, where the NBA's Miami Heat play.

If high-rise dwellers choose to stay, officials said the safest place in a high-rise building to ride out a hurricane is an interior, concrete-enclosed stairwell.

The horizontal arms of some cranes were left loose to spin in the winds.

The major exception, Whiteman said, is if a tornado forms, which "virtually nothing" would be able to withstand.

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