Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Crane collapses as winds howl in South Florida

Crane collapses as winds howl in South Florida

"The crane industry opposed it", said Audrey Edmonson, the Miami-Dade County commissioner sponsored the rule. The first crane snapped at the Vice apartment building at 300 Biscayne Blvd., on Sunday morning, where the crane's counter weight had fallen off and into the building.

From 7pm local time Saturday to 7am Sunday, more than 430 calls came into the Miami fire department, according to Miami Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Pete Gomez.

"In the future there should be an easy way to bring them down in events like this one", Ape said.

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Doctors were forced to talk a Florida woman through delivering her baby at home while Hurricane Irma's outer bands lashed Miami. Although Miami will miss the worst of Irma's top winds of 130 miles per hour, the Miami has seen gusts of up to 100 miles per hour. The building was still in tact despite the crane's failure. 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.

Only a few contractors are certified to remove those cranes, he said.

The horizontal arms of some cranes were left loose to spin in the winds.

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