Added hurricane threat in Miami: Huge construction cranes could be toppled

MIAMI — As Hurricane Irma threatens to pound Miami with winds of mind-boggling power, a heavyweight hazard looms over the city’s skyline: two dozen enormous construction cranes.

And because those cranes weren’t designed to withstand a storm of Irma’s ferocity, city officials are telling people who live in the shadows of the giant lifting devices to leave.

A crane on a building under construction may damage the high-rise at right during a hurricane, even though the cranes are designed to spin like weather vanes.A crane on a building under construction may damage the high-rise at right during a hurricane, even though the cranes are designed to spin like weather vanes.


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Construction sites across Irma’s potential path in Florida are being locked down to remove or secure building materials, tools and debris that could become flying missiles in hurricane

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