2 huge cranes atop Miami high-rises collapse in Irma's winds

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The cranes were among two dozen such heavyweight hazards looming over the city skyline as the monster storm powered across the state. "The answer - it's a slow process that can take about TWO weeks and there is NOT enough time", they said.

It was stationary after the collapse, according to the contractor operating the crane.

[Update: Sept. 10 2:09 p.m. EST] NBC News affiliate reporter, Michael Spears reports another crane collapsed and is dangling off an unfinished high-rise tower in downtown Miami. The bayfront area is filled with hotels and high-rise condo and office buildings, near AmericanAirlines Arena.

Vice Chairman of Coastal Construction Dan Whiteman said he has 12 cranes in the Miami area, which are created to spin like weather vanes to ensure stability, according to an Associated Press report.

Abby Ape lives near where the crane collapsed in downtown Miami.

Hurricane Irma's powerful winds forced one crane in downtown Miami to snap in half Sunday morning.

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The boom of the crane snapped off and is now still connected to the tower, but is hanging off the side of the building.

"Our cranes are still weather vane-ing", Whiteman said.

The major exception, Whiteman said, is if a tornado forms, which "virtually nothing" would be able to withstand.

Hurling 130 miles per hour winds, the Category 4 storm made landfall at 9:10 a.m. ET on Cudjoe Key, the National Hurricane Center said.

"Hurricane winds are blowing in one direction but a tornado could twist things, and nothing can be created to withstand the tornado effect", Whiteman said.

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