Hurricane Irma leaves Miami woman giving birth alone

Construction Crane Collapses in Downtown Miami

As Hurricane Irma tore through Florida over the weekend, it isolated the many, many who stayed behind to fearless out the storm.

The Miami-Dade Police Department tweeted that it "will FULLY enforce" the lockdown ordered by Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Soon after one of the cranes collapsed, the chief executive of the company developing the building told Reuters he was attending the U.S. Open tennis tournament in NY when the accident occurred and had just learned about it.

"All possible preparations and precautions were taken, but we believe that a micro-tornado struck this area, compromising the crane". "There is a sense of relief because we were told we'd get a direct hit. we're concerned about storm surge", he said. "They were surprised that it went down because they felt it was one of the more secure cranes, so we're right on it".

"Overall, we're faring fairly well considering what was coming", he said.

The second crane collapsed at another site farther north along the water.

The city has contacted the contractor and OSHA, and said building officials will assist OSHA "in any way possible".

Whether or not the crane will fall or where it could land remains unknown. There wasn't time before Irma approached Florida to move the massive equipment, with counterbalances weighing up to 30,000 pounds.

City of Miami fire officials said crews couldn't mobilize to address the cranes until the winds calmed down.

Garcia said, "She delivered the placenta, also". The call from the woman in labor was not one of them.

Two construction cranes have collapsed as Hurricane Irma blasted South Florida with its powerful winds.

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.

The city and surrounding areas were under a tornado watch September 10.

Tower cranes can rise hundreds of feet into the air on steel frameworks, and are used to lift steel, concrete, heavy construction equipment and other building materials. The building was still in tact despite the crane's failure.

It warned that the cranes had to be unpinned, so that their horizontal booms could rotate on their support columns like a weather vane. "But for the grace of God, that (collapse) could be me".

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

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