Hurricane Irma causes three construction cranes to collapse in South Florida

Crane cracks and falls in Miami

While over six and a half million people in Florida were told to evacuate in the face of the increasingly strong hurricane, the winds that arrived there were gauged at being in excess of 150 miles per hour.

City officials warned residents living in downtown near construction sites about the possibility of cranes collapsing. "Falling cranes kill people", the county said in its suit.

Two Miami firefighters watched the boom at 300 Biscayne Blvd. snap, sending bricks toppling to the ground, according to the Herald.

Late Monday night the city posted on Twitter that they are ready for their return.

Miami-Dade insisted construction cranes posed public-safety risks and should be controlled by local rules.

"These tower cranes are created to withstand winds up to 145 miles per hour, not a Category 5 Hurricane", the city said in a statement last week.

"Tomorrow we'll assess the damage and try to get the engineering part of it corrected", Deputy Building Director Maurice Pons said.

Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm.

There was a concern the cranes could collapse.



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