As Hurricane Irma looms, Miami's homeless are urged to go into shelters

Posted September 12, 2017

Officials say it happened at a project on Fort Lauderdale beach during the storm Sunday. It wasn't immediately clear if the collapse caused damage or injuries.

As Hurricane Irma continues to wreak havoc toward northern Florida, its floodwaters have inundated the streets of Miami, making the city completely unrecognizable.

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. "We will have a crew over to secure the crane as soon as the weather permits". Miami officials said Tuesday in a tweet.

The first collapse occurred Saturday morning at the under-construction building at 300 Biscayne Blvd. Three, two, one. Reporter: This demonstration shows how impact glass can stop a projectile in its tracks.

Miami had been in touch with Perez, but the state of Florida and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration had jurisdiction over the cranes, City Manager Daniel Alfonso said.

Brickell, Fla. - A combination of unsafe storm surge created by Hurricane Irma and high tides produced flooded inland streets in South Florida, the National Hurricane Center reports. Maurice Pons, deputy director of the city's building department, said in a statement then that he "would not advise" riding out the storm near one of the cranes. Gusts over 90 miles per hour were reported at Miami International Airport.

Officials urged people in buildings facing the crane to seek shelter on the opposite side of the building or in a stairwell. The employee captured video of the collapse.

"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.

A partially submerged vehicle at a flooded area in Coconut Grove as Hurricane Irma arrives in south Florida, in Miami, Fla., on September 10, 2017.

Without the arms and counterbalances, only the cranes' towers would have been left standing, and those are extremely strong, Mr. Barth said on Sunday.