Irma's winds snap construction crane in Miami

Construction cranes in downtown Miami were a major concern ahead of this storm because officials didn't have time to take them down before the storm. No injuries were reported.

The boom of the crane snapped off and is now still connected to the tower, but is hanging off the side of the building. "We will have a crew over to secure the crane as soon as the weather permits".

Even more powerful could be the storm surges that threaten to swallow Florida's coastal cities.

At one point, cellphone video appeared to show the ball that balances the weight of the anchor on the crane was swinging and slamming into the side of the building, although Deputy Building Director Maurice Pons couldn't confirm that was the case.

Only a few contractors are certified to remove those cranes, he said. Maximum sustained winds could be almost 150 miles per hour with possibly serious implications because of storm surge. The site has multiple towers in the Gran Paraiso by the Bay development, Alfonso said.

The boom of the crane collapsed at the Vice Tower in Miami, The Miami Herald reported.

Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban said the weather remains too unsafe to send crews out, but his department is contacting management of surrounding buildings to make sure any surrounding properties are aware of the situation.

"It takes five to six days per crane, and they can be up to 900 feet tall and include 10,000-pound counterweights", WLRN reports. But the county mayor said that number could surge today depending on the information officials receive from the National Hurricane Center, which is tracking the Category 5 storm.

  • Rogelio Becker