Irma's winds snap construction crane in Miami

Video by Kevin Scharfenberg‏, NWS                      Kevin Scharfenberg‏ NWS Miami

Parts of South Florida are now projected to have a 90 percent chance of experiencing at least tropical storm-force winds, the National Hurricane Center noted in its 2 a.m. advisory.

Hurricane Irma's powerful winds forced one crane in downtown Miami to snap in half Sunday morning. While you're here, take a wee look at Episode 19 of The JOE Show as we were joined by the stars of new Irish film The Drummer And The Keeper, Dermot Murphy and Jacob McCarthy, and Sonnet And Sisters performed a magnificent Magic Cover.

The crane collapsed and fell into the top of a building under construction, said Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso.

The images of a crane toppled over a high rise flooded social media as Irma landed on the southern tip of Florida's coast September 10.

Irma changed course in recent days, making landfall about 100 miles southwest on Cudjoe Key and leaving the southwest corner of the state preparing for the worst.




She also could see another nearby construction crane spinning, and she said she felt anxious about her family's safety.

Officials said the counterbalance of the cranes' arms are very heavy and can cause severe damage if the cranes collapse. 20 to 25 tower construction cranes loom over the area, hundreds of feet tall.

The cranes are created to withstand winds up to 145 miles per hour.

Alfonso said there were no reported injuries or deaths so far from the storm.

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