Construction Cranes in Miami Become Multi-Ton Threats During Irma

Construction Cranes in Miami Become Multi-Ton Threats During Irma

Authorities have beseeched more than 6 million people in Florida and Georgia to evacuate before Hurricane Irma's storm surge and fierce winds make leaving - or rescuing - impossible. They are built to withstand high winds, but maybe not to withstand Hurricane Irma.

President Trump has described Hurricane Irma as "a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential" and declared major disaster in Florida, which means federal funds will be released.

Two collapsed in Miami Sunday, while a third crane snapped in Fort Lauderdale. According to city officials, it would have taken about two weeks to move the cranes and there wasn't enough time. "Consider that the counterbalances on tower cranes weigh about 20,000 to 30,000 pounds". "They could have taken those cranes down, and Miami could have said 'take them down, ' but nobody wants to give that order". He said videos of the collapse posted on social media showed a tower crane that appeared to have lost its jib or boom, though its mast was still standing.

Irma hit Miami with 209kph winds and is now heading towards the Tampa Bay area on Florida's west coast, where almost 455,000 residents are preparing for impact.

They are created to withstand winds up to 145 miles per hour, but not a Category 5 hurricane, when winds top 157 miles per hour, city officials said.

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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.

"Tall structures are not particularly vulnerable except for damage from flying objects", Schofer said, "and fairly large objects will be boosted into the air with wind speeds like this".

Soon after one of the cranes collapsed, the chief executive of the company developing the building told Reuters he was attending the U.S. Open tennis tournament in NY when the accident occurred and had just learned about it. "We will have a crew over to secure the crane as soon as the weather permits".

Streets became rivers as Hurricane Irma brought storm surges.

The major exception, Whiteman said, is if a tornado forms, which "virtually nothing" would be able to withstand.

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