Hurricane Irma Winds Snap Crane in Half

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.

City officials have told people to leave if they live in a path of these cranes.

"We have no reported injuries", Alfonso said. That has left the Miami skyline dotted with construction cranes that were not taken down before the storm.

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. "The answer - it's a slow process that can take about TWO weeks and there is NOT enough time", they said. Although Miami will miss the worst of Irma's top winds of 130 miles per hour, the Miami has seen gusts of up to 100 miles per hour.

She also could see another nearby construction crane spinning, and she said she felt anxious about her family's safety.

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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.

Social media posts showed areas of downtown completely under water, with main roads resembling white-water rivers.

"The crane structure can collapse", said Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso earlier this week. "We will have a crew over to secure the crane as soon as the weather permits".

"AVOID THE AREA!" the city's tweet said.

  • Megan Austin