Crane Swings Loose In Fort Lauderdale After Irma Strikes

StoryfulWeatherPublished: September 11, 201780 views
Published: September 11, 2017

A large crane at a construction site in Fort Lauderdale was damaged by the severe winds brought by Hurricane Irma on Sunday, September 10. The Category 2 storm battered the Florida Keys over the weekend and made landfall in Naples on Florida’s Gulf Coast on Sunday afternoon. Irma was expected to move northwards Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The crane can be seen swinging around in circles with no one to control him from the console at its base. Watching the clip, you would expect it to hit something any minute, but the machine just keeps on turning around itself.

According to reporters, there were dozens of these cranes on the territory of Fort Lauderdale, which were designed to withstand winds up to 140 miles per hour. But Irma was far more vicious than that, making one of those cranes atop a high-rise building under construction collapse under the heavy winds.

The crane apparently collapsed on itself at the Auberge Beach Residence and Spa, said Patrick Campbell, vice president of The Related Group, which is developing the project. “I don’t think there’s any damage,” Campbell said. “It didn’t even touch the structure.” No injuries have been reported.

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