One person was killed, while three others still missing as a result of the collapse, local authorities said.
Firefighters evacuated construction workers inside the hotel after the "upper six to eight" floors collapsed, McConnell said.
McConnell told reporters that it's still a very risky situation and another collapse is possible. "Structural engineers are now assessing what led to the cause of the collapse".
The Hard Rock Hotel was planned as an 18-story building with 350 rooms for the guests and a large swimming pool. The city's fire chief says at least 3 people are unaccounted for - all of whom are reportedly contractors who were working on-site.
Authorities said there were no reports of people injured on the ground.
The collapse happened about 9:12 a.m.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is in New Orleans urging people to stay away from the area of the collapse.
A large portion of a hotel under construction in New Orleans has suddenly collapsed.
The Hard Rock Hotel partially collapsed Saturday morning onto Canal Street.
A 270-foot crane involved in the project appeared to no longer be secured to the building and was also in danger of falling, meaning it could potentially bring down a cantilever weighing several tons, local officials said. It looked like the concrete just slid from the top all the way down to the street.
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