Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Miami construction cranes could be in Irma path

One of the cranes in downtown Greenville One of the cranes in downtown Greenville
Howard Terry | 11 September, 2017, 00:31

Additionally, each crane can take five or six days each to dismantle, and local news outlets say there are twenty to twenty-five construction cranes now erected in the downtown Miami area.

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". No injuries were reported.

About 25 cranes remained up before the storm approached South Florida.

The City of Miami tweeted that people in a building facing the crane should try to take shelter on "the opposite side" of the building or in a stairwell. Maximum sustained winds could be almost 150 miles per hour with possibly serious implications because of storm surge. The building was still in tact despite the crane's failure.

A crew will be dispatched to secure the crane as soon as weather conditions improve, developer Ryan Shear, a principal of Property Markets Group, said in an emailed statement.

Whiteman said videos of the first collapse posted on social media showed a tower crane that appeared to have lost its jib or boom, though its mast was still standing.

According to the resident, the crane is on top of the PMG building that is now under construction. Officials urged anyone living near one to evacuate if Irma hit as a Category 5 hurricane.

"Our cranes are still weather vane-ing", Whiteman said.

Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban said the weather remains too unsafe to send crews out, but his department is contacting management of surrounding buildings to make sure any surrounding properties are aware of the situation.

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