Construction cranes collapse in downtown Miami

Construction cranes collapse in downtown Miami

"So, for their safety and the safety of their families, we came out here to encourage them to voluntarily evacuate the building until the crane can be properly secured", said Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll. Forecasters said it could hit the heavily populated Tampa-St.

A second crane collapsed later Sunday and was dangling from an unfinished high rise on Northeast 30th Terrace, reported NBC Miami.

One expert, Dr Shannon Clark, an associate professor in the division of maternal fetal medicine at University of Texas said that the reason for the increased births is inconclusive, though it could have something to do with the low barometric pressure that comes with a hurricane.

The incidents highlight one of the biggest concerns for Miami residents heading into the storm.

Maurice Pons, deputy director of the Miami building department, warned last week that roughly two dozen cranes were a serious threat to residents living next door.

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But Pons said the cranes are created to withstand winds up to 145 miles per hour, meaning some could fall if Irma made a direct hit on Miami.

Two large construction cranes in Miami buckled under Hurricane Irma's gale-force winds Sunday and precariously dangled in the city skyline, officials said. People also posted pictures of the cranes.

Almost 75 percent of Miami-Dade County's 1.1 million electricity customers were without power as of 1 p.m. ET.

When a Miami-based mother was going into labor, no emergency vehicles could make it to her. Hurricane Irma was set to hit the city, so all emergency responders could do was talk to the mom-to-be over the phone. And we're happy to say that all is well for the mother and the baby with quite a fitting name-Nayiri Storm.

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