Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Miami Floods During Hurricane Irma Storm Surge

MSNBC's Kerry Sanders reporting on Hurricane Irma This image taken from video shows MSNBC's Kerry Sanders reporting on Hurricane Irma in Naples. Fla. on Sept. 10 2017
Mae Harvey | 12 September, 2017, 00:23

Officials from the city of Miami say there are more than 20 cranes in downtown Miami right now.

It wasn't immediately clear whether either collapse caused damage or injuries, CNBC reported.

A crane in downtown Miami, Fla. destroyed by strong winds from Hurricane Irma.

In Miami, Jackson Health System alerted women who are at least 34 weeks pregnant or who have a high-risk pregnancy that they may take shelter in one of three of its hospitals, as long as they have registered with the hospital in advance.

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 winds.

Residents at the Treasure Village Mobile Home Park in St. Petersburg, about four hours northwest of Miami Beach, said they weren't leaving either - even though the county called for an evacuation of all mobile homes, regardless of whether they were inland or near the water.

The first crane snapped at the Vice apartment building at 300 Biscayne Blvd., on Sunday morning, where the crane's counter weight had fallen off and into the building.

Though 180 kilometres from Irma's landfall in the Florida Keys, hurricane-force winds from the 400-mile-wide storm were being felt through the Miami area.

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Another 200 people were injured, President Enrique Peña Nieto said , as he declared a national day of mourning, BBC reported. Luis Felipe Puente told the Televisa network that 10 had died in Oaxaca state, three in Chiapas and two in Tabasco.

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As Hurricane Irma barrels toward Florida, residents are doing what they can to prepare their homes. One Twitter user posted a video showing a dried up shore on Long Island in the Bahamas.

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Keys admitted the nerves had got to her and she fought back tears as she said: "Sloane is truly one of my favourite people". Stephens joins Muguruza, Ostapenko and Petra Kvitova as players born in the 1990s to win a grand slam title.

There are two dozen such cranes looming over the high-rise city.

Irma, however, is expected to restrengthen a little while it moves through the Straits of Florida.

Streets became rivers as Hurricane Irma brought storm surges.

After the collapse, the boom was partly dangling on the side of the building, attached to the crane tower by a cable, photos on Twitter showed. The employee captured video of the collapse.

Hurricane Irma is now battering Florida.

"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.

The horizontal arms of some cranes were left loose to spin in the winds.

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