Construction cranes in downtown Miami were a major concern ahead of this storm because officials didn't have time to take them down before the storm.
The weather service's Miami office said in a Tweet that one of its employees witnessed the crane boom and counterweight collapse in downtown Miami.
Doctors were forced to talk a Florida woman through delivering her baby at home while Hurricane Irma's outer bands lashed Miami. There are no injuries. She told The Associated Press that from her 14th floor apartment, she saw the crane toppled over where it hit another building.
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She also could see another nearby crane spinning, and she said her family was prepared to run into a stairwell for safety. Although Miami will miss the worst of Irma's top winds of 130 miles per hour, the Miami has seen gusts of up to 100 miles per hour.
The Miami woman went into labor Sunday, but because the storm's winds were too strong, fire rescue teams couldn't get to her right away, according to the Miami Herald.
The city and surrounding areas were under a tornado watch Sunday. The building was still in tact despite the crane's failure.
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Dan Whiteman, vice chairman of Coastal Construction, has 12 cranes in the Miami area. "Falling cranes kill people", the county said in its suit. When it collapsed it fell on top of the building under construction.
A tornado could have ripped the crane loose, Whiteman said.
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