Construction cranes collapse in downtown Miami

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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.

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. City officials warned residents of nearby buildings to stay away from windows overlooking the crane.

And that, he says, is all he needs to hunker down through a massive storm coming straight at him. No one was immediately available to comment at OSHA or the governor's office.

The city has contacted the contractor and has contacted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will lead the investigation, Alfonso said.

The storm cut off electricity to 2.5 million homes and businesses statewide while flooding streets and swaying skyscrapers in Miami as of Sunday night, utility officials said, Reuters reported.

The cranes could not be removed in time before the storm hit the area.

But the horizontal arms of the tall tower cranes remained loose despite the potential danger of collapse.

A partially submerged auto at a flooded area in Coconut Grove as Hurricane Irma arrives in south Florida, in Miami, Fla., on September 10, 2017.

Streets became rivers as Hurricane Irma brought storm surges. That is about as much as 10 Honda Civics, and it means the cranes can not be moved on a dime.

But Thomas Barth, who owns Barth Crane Inspections in SC and investigates crane accidents, said the cranes' arms and counterbalances could have been taken down with the help of crews from out of state if necessary.

A crane has reportedly cracked in downtown Miami as Hurricane Irma moves through the city.

Others riding out the storm said they waited too long, and now can't leave.

Emergency personnel were unable to respond because of high winds, Miami-Dade County Director of Communications Mike Hernandez said.

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