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City of Miami: Construction cranes aren’t designed to handle a Cat 5 storm

Designed to withstand up to 145mph winds

View of downtown Miami with One Thousand Museum rising in the middle
Downtown Miami, shown a few months ago
Josh Baumgard/Curbed Miami

For Miami residents living in high-rise condominiums or apartment buildings who are considering riding out a potential clash with Hurricane Irma, listen up: The City of Miami has issued a warning for those living near buildings under construction, releasing an important tweet Tuesday evening.

“Currently, there are 20 to 25 construction cranes in the City of Miami,” reads the statement. “These tower cranes are designed to withstand winds up to 145 miles per hour, not a Category 5 Hurricane.”

Hurricane Irma is currently a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 185 miles per hours as it passes through the Caribbean islands. While it’s still too early for anyone to accurately forecast a direct hit to Miami, it’s possible and thus the city is urging those living in buildings near construction cranes to have a plan in place and to “take warnings and evacuation orders seriously.”

Check out the city’s full tweet regarding the construction cranes below.