Hurricane Irma brings high waters to Brickell

Miami Beach Mayor In His Office As Hurricane Irma Lashes Florida

At least two construction cranes collapsed onto buildings in downtown Miami as Hurricane Irma brought deadly winds into South Florida on Sunday.

No injuries were reported after either crash, said Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso.

The strong winds prevented emergency workers from responding at first, and the cranes' arms remained where they had fallen, dangling menacingly above buildings.

Irma's gone, but she left Miami's cranes battered and dangling over condos and highrises in her wake.

"All possible preparations and precautions were taken, but we believe that a micro-tornado struck this area, compromising the crane".

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate, Miami officials said in a statement. Three, two, one. Reporter: This demonstration shows how impact glass can stop a projectile in its tracks. But some around Florida are choosing to stay, a rite of passage for many in the state who boast about the storms they weathered: Camille, Andrew, Katrina and others. Said Castor: "I'm not saying you should ignore it, but it's gotta get closer for me to decide".

Abby Ape's 14th-floor apartment has a view of the toppled crane. But I just heard that we might have to worry about the cranes. "And we're here to help and get as many people into shelters as possible".

In one instance, store owners watched the "wall of water" surround their business, and they couldn't do anything about it, according to a WFLA reporter.

This morning, hurricane Irma causing a sky high scare for some in south Florida. According to the Weather Channel, Miami had seen reports of gusts above 130 miles per hour with several reports in the 100 miles per hour range.

Reporting on the dangers posed by Irma's powerful winds when they reach Florida, NPR's David Schaper spoke to Northwestern University civil engineering professor Joseph Schofer.

The boom of the crane snapped off and is now still connected to the tower, but is hanging off the side of the building.

The strongest rain bands from the hurricane were expected to come into Miami's metro area from around 10 a.m.to noon on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

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