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Massive crane atop Miami high-rise collapses in Irma's winds

Massive crane atop Miami high-rise collapses in Irma's winds

The deputy director of Miami's building department, Maurice Pons, said in the city's statement that he "would not advise staying in a building next to a construction crane during a major hurricane like Irma".

Abby Ape's 14th-floor apartment has a view of the toppled crane.

While over six and a half million people in Florida were told to evacuate in the face of the increasingly strong hurricane, the winds that have arrived there are now gauged at being in excess of 150 miles per hour.

"AVOID THE AREA!" the city's tweet said.

"I know it was very hard to bring down in two weeks", Ape said.

Southwestern coastal cities from Cape Sable and Captiva could see walls of water up to 15 feet, the National Hurricane Center said.

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The city and surrounding areas were under a tornado watch Sunday.

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

In preparing for the storm, Miami city officials warned residents in the downtown area to take extra precautions, due to the 20 to 25 construction cranes towering over the streets.

The same videos showed his tower cranes spinning in the background. "We will have a crew over to secure the crane as soon as the weather permits". "But for the grace of God, that (collapse) could be me".

According to the resident, the crane is on top of the PMG building that is now under construction.

Miami Heat officials said some of the arena's exterior paneling was damaged, but there was no structural damage.