Miami's Tower Construction Cranes Pose 'Potential Danger' During Hurricane

Miami had been in touch with Perez, but the state of Florida and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration had jurisdiction over the cranes, City Manager Daniel Alfonso said.

Miami's emergency management director, Pete Gomez, said conditions remain risky and replacement crews will not be coming in until the weather improves. There's 20 to 25 of them and now officials here in Miami are advising anyone who lives in a building next to a crane to get out.

Construction sites across Irma's potential path in Florida are being locked down to remove or secure building materials, tools and debris that could become flying missiles in hurricane winds.

If high-rise dwellers choose to stay, officials said the safest place in a high-rise building to ride out a hurricane is an interior, concrete-enclosed stairwell.

Irma's winds also toppled a crane that sat atop a building.

Tower cranes are hundreds of feet tall, and their counterbalances can weigh as much as 30,000 pounds.

If the house starts shaking and they fear the wind is ripping off the roof, there's a crawl space under the home as a last resort.

Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma approaches Cuba and Florida. NOAA via AP

The massive storm made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday morning after battering several islands in the Caribbean earlier this week, leaving 22 dead.

"No one wanted to help us, said one of the men of Wayne".

That would include the regulars at the most infamous South Beach dive bar, who tossed back drinks, shot pool and played the jukebox - loud - as Irma approached.

"Water still rising in downtown Miami along Brickell Avenue", WSVN reporter Brian Entin said.

Now downtown Miami is flooded and the Keys have been slammed hard. The tweet concludes: "Actually it's insulation from a high rise under construction".

At least 25 people have died from the storm so far throughout the Caribbean, while there are three reported deaths on the U.S. mainland.

Boak reported from Washington, D.C.

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