Cranes collapse as Hurricane Irma hits downtown Miami


The crane collapsed and fell into the top of a building under construction, said Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso. There wasn't time before Irma approached Florida to move the massive equipment, with counterbalances weighing up to 30,000 pounds.

The boom of the crane collapsed at the Vice Tower in Miami, The Miami Herald reported.

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

A Miami woman went into labor as Hurricane Irma pummeled the Florida coast.

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 first crane snapped at the Vice apartment building at 300 Biscayne Blvd., on Sunday morning, where the crane's counter weight had fallen off and into the building.

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The Miami woman went into labor Sunday, but because the storm's winds were too strong, fire rescue teams couldn't get to her right away, according to the Miami Herald.

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

The same videos showed his tower cranes spinning in the background.

A tornado could have ripped the crane loose, Whiteman said.