Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Irma's winds snap construction crane in Miami

Irma's winds snap construction crane in Miami

The first crane fell in a bay-front area filled with hotels and high-rise condo and office buildings, near the AmericanAirlines Arena, where the NBA's Miami Heat play.

Separately, a video posted to Twitter showed Brickell Avenue, an upscale business and residential district near Miami Beach, was already being flooded out as Irma's fury rained down on the region.

According to the Miami-Herald report, South Florida's chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America and the Florida Crane Owners Council argued regulating cranes only involves the safety of construction workers, so federal workplace rules take precedence. "The top portion that most people see is broken in half".

"In the future there should be an easy way to bring them down in events like this one", Ape said.

The Miami-Herald reports that ten years ago Miami-Dade County tried to put in place an ordinance which would require all cranes to be able to withstand 140 miles per hour winds.

The Miami waterfront, as well as the islands that make up the city, are used to flooding because much of the city is low lying and facing rising sea levels.

The storm slammed into Cudjoe Key at about 9 a.m. with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The city and surrounding areas were under a tornado watch Sunday. "But for the grace of God, that [collapse] could be me".

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