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At least one construction crane has collapsed onto a building in downtown Miami as Hurricane Irma brought deadly winds into South Florida Sunday.
The crane was reportedly down in the area of Northeast 2nd Avenue and 3rd Street.
Before the storm, the city of Miami had warned of the dangers of the tower cranes dotting the Miami skyline — some 20 to 25 across the city.
The cranes are designed to withstand winds of up to 145 miles per hour. Officials urged anyone living near one to evacuate if Irma hit as a Category 5 hurricane.
A crane’s arm is not tied down but remains loose, the deputy director of the Building Department, Maurice Pons, had said. And its heavy counterbalance could cause severe damage in the event of a collapse.
Construction sites throughout the city were being locked down ahead of Irma.