Hurricane Irma Arrives And Leaves Downtown Miami Submerged Under Water

Ruben Hill
September 13, 2017

Beyond the water itself, the strong winds were causing risky conditions in the streets of Miami as authorities told residents to stay indoors after two construction cranes collapsed.

City Manager Daniel Alfonso said in both cases, the most unsafe part of the crane - the heavy counter-balance that keeps the cranes balanced - fell straight into the construction sites.

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.

Miami, lined with glittering skyscrapers, has about 25 cranes on construction sites of 50 floors or higher, city manager Daniel Alfonso said, "so the cranes are about 800 feet (243 meters) high".

The wind weaponized debris and even coconuts from palm trees, and powerful gusts threatened some two dozen construction cranes dotting Miami. The city is in the midst of a building boom, with glass-covered, high-rise condos springing up all over the heart of the city. "There is a sense of relief because we were told we'd get a direct hit. we're concerned about storm surge", he said. People also posted pictures of the cranes. Irma knocked out power to over 1 million customers located more than 100 miles from the storm's eye wall.

The woman called back at 5:35 a.m.to say her labor had progressed and she was about to give birth.

The mother and newborn girl were later taken to the hospital by emergency workers.

Alfonso said there were no reported injuries or deaths so far from the storm. "We just came out of a hurricane like everybody else in Miami", said Dev Austin, a resident in one of the two buildings.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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