As Irma approached last week, Miami officials said 20 to 25 construction cranes were up across the city and that they were created to withstand winds of 145 miles per hour (235 kph).
City Manager Daniel Alfonso said in both cases, the most unsafe part of the crane - the heavy counter-balance that keeps the cranes balanced - fell straight into the construction sites.
Nearby, construction cranes had collapsed and a home saw its roof blown off. Offices had days to prepare, Bloomberg notes; Bank of America had most of its employees working from home starting Thursday.
The city said anyone in buildings in the area facing the crane should "seek shelter" in the opposite side of the building or in a stairwell. In the second case, which happened later Sunday as Irma's outer bands continued whipping throughout Miami, the arm of the crane was left dangling and threatening to fall at any moment.
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Almost 75 percent of Miami-Dade County's 1.1 million electricity customers were without power as of 1 p.m. ET.
Two large construction cranes in Miami buckled under Hurricane Irma's gale-force winds Sunday and precariously dangled in the city skyline, officials said. After fleeing from Key West to Miami, the expectant mother started to feel contractions, but there was one problem: no one was able to help her.
Mum and baby girl were later taken to the hospital by emergency workers, reports the paper. There were no injuries immediately reported at either site.
"Overall, we're faring fairly well considering what was coming", he said.