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Glass panels plummet from 85-story Miami building after Irma hits

12 September 2017, 12:22 | Cedric Leonard

Residents in Daytona Beach Fla. deal with storm surge last October during Hurricane Matthew. Eric Gay AP via Miami Herald

Residents in Daytona Beach Fla. deal with storm surge last October during Hurricane Matthew

The storm cut off electricity to 2.5 million homes and businesses statewide while flooding streets and swaying skyscrapers in Miami as of Sunday night, utility officials said, Reuters reported.

It wasn't immediately clear whether either collapse caused damage or injuries, CNBC reported.

A spokesman said in a statement that TD Bank is monitoring Irma's path and timing, and will make a decision on whether to close other TD Bank locations in Florida based on the storm's projections throughout the state.

In one instance, store owners watched the "wall of water" surround their business, and they couldn't do anything about it, according to a WFLA reporter.

High winds also snapped the boom of a crane erected on top of a Miami apartment building under construction. The tower cranes with a boom on top are created to spin like weather vanes, so they should be stable if Irma strikes, Whiteman said.

Officials say they have contacted general contractors for all three incidents. It's one of two-dozen in the city.

Though Miami is far from Irma's landfall in the Florida Keys, winds from the 400-mile-wide storm were blasting through the metro area.

If high-rise dwellers choose to stay, officials said the safest place in a high-rise building to ride out a hurricane is an interior, concrete-enclosed stairwell.

Although Irma's eye was almost 100 miles from the Miami area, hurricane-force wind gusts battered the area on Sunday. Gusts over 90 miles per hour (145 kph) were reported at Miami International Airport.

A partially submerged vehicle at a flooded area in Coconut Grove as Hurricane Irma arrives in south Florida, in Miami, Fla., on September 10, 2017.

Tower cranes are hundreds of feet tall, and their counterbalances can weigh as much as 30,000 pounds.

The strongest rain bands from the hurricane were expected to come into Miami's metro area from around 10 a.m.to noon on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

A tornado could have ripped the crane loose, Whiteman said.

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