Hurricane Irma topples construction crane in Miami, triggers flooding

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During that time, a resident said he heard a loud boom and looked out of the apartment to see the crane falling.

City officials said they were using geo-fencing, a 911 communication system, as well as social media, to contact residents in the area.

The deputy director of Miami's building department, Maurice Pons, said in the city's statement that he "would not advise staying in a building next to a construction crane during a major hurricane like Irma".

Hurricane Irma is presently a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour and is moving west northwest at 17 miles per hour.

The City of Miami has warned its citizens that the huge construction cranes that dot the skyline could cause potentially deadly accidents in Hurricane Irma.

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They could not be moved ahead of Irma because the massive equipment, with counterbalances weighing up to 30,000 pounds, is a slow process that would take about two weeks to complete, according to city officials. The building was still in tact despite the crane's failure.

The boom of the crane snapped off and is now still connected to the tower, but is hanging off the side of the building.

Dan Whiteman, vice chairman of Coastal Construction, has 12 cranes in the Miami area. "Our cranes are still weather vane-ing".

In the first case, which happened Sunday morning, the arm of the crane also collapsed, falling onto the top level of the building.

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

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