Irma’s winds knock down two cranes in Miami

Two cranes collapsed Sunday in Miami as Hurricane Irma’s powerful gusts lashed southern Florida, and officials alert there could be more such incidents given the area’s house boom and the intensifying conditions.

The first crane, which came crashing down in downtown Miami Sunday morning, was next to the federal prison in front of the courthouse, WSVN reported. Strong gust gusts ravaging the city could cause more cranes to collapse as Irma marches up the state’s west coast.

“We’re telling people that if you live by a building site you should evacuate.”

– Alyce Robertson, executive director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority

“A tower crane has collapsed on top of a high rise under construction at 300 Biscayne Blvd. AVOID THE AREA !! ” the city of Miami reported.

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