Crane collapses in Miami as winds from Hurricane Irma blow in

"They could have taken those cranes down, and Miami could have said 'take them down, ' but nobody wants to give that order".

Carl Roberts has Chinese food, a case of water and a million-dollar view in his 17th floor Gulf front condo - all he needs, he says, to weather the massive storm coming straight at him. The study was based on data gathered during 2016's Hurricane Matthew, which flooded northeast Florida, destroying homes in St. Augustine and the surrounding area with floodwaters.

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.

Even so, she said, "It's still worth it to forewarn pregnant women in areas that are going to get hit that there could be a potential complication". "The answer - it's a slow process that can take about TWO weeks and there is NOT enough time", they said.

Irma made landfall in Cudjoe Key early Sunday and was making its way toward Naples in the afternoon with wind gusts over 80 miles per hour.

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The state thought it had escaped the worst case scenario earlier in the weekend as the storm was downgraded to Category 3 - but late Saturday night it re-energized and was upgraded back to Category 4, the second-worst level, with gusts of up to 144mph.

See footage from downtown Miami below. But some around Florida are choosing to stay, a rite of passage for many in the state who boast about the storms they weathered: Camille, Andrew, Katrina and others.

'Pray, pray for everybody in Florida, ' Governor Rick Scott said on Fox News Sunday.

The Tampa skyline is pictured across Hillsborough Bay ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Tampa, Florida, U.S., September 10, 2017. The entire Florida Keys were supposed to be emptied. He had been carrying a generator, local officials told ABC News. The hurricane, which has been ramrodding its way toward the US for more than a week, brought massive 10 to 15-foot storm surges.

  • Darren Santiago