Crane cracks and falls in Miami

11 September, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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[Update: Sept. 10 2:09 p.m. EST] NBC News affiliate reporter, Michael Spears reports another crane collapsed and is dangling off an unfinished high-rise tower in downtown Miami.

Abby Ape lives near where the crane collapsed in downtown Miami.

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

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As member station WLRN reports from Miami, "City Manager Daniel Alfonso says officials knew Irma could be a serious threat with about a week's notice, and that wasn't enough time to take all the cranes down".

"I know it was very hard to bring down in two weeks", Ape said.

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.

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"All possible preparations and precautions were taken, but we believe that a micro-tornado struck this area, compromising the crane".

Southwestern coastal cities from Cape Sable and Captiva could see walls of water up to 15 feet, the National Hurricane Center said. He said videos of the collapse posted on social media showed a luffing crane, which lacks a horizontal arm and does not spin. "But for the grace of God, that (collapse) could be me".

Comparing a storm with the lightest hurricane winds of 74 miles per hour to a hurricane with 148-mph winds, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says, "The 148 miles per hour hurricane (a category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale) may produce - on average - up to 250 times the damage of a minimal category 1 hurricane".

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