"There Is No Seawall Whatsoever": Downtown Miami Flooded; Two Cranes Collapse

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Update 2:  A "before and after" photo of a street in Miami:

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Update: Another crane has collapsed on NE 30th St and is dangling from an unfinished high rise tower. As a reminder, while winds in Miami are still relatively tame, these cranes were meant to be able to withstand Cat 4 winds. So far 2 of roughly 25 have failed to do so.

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The National Weather Service reported that a crane has collapsed in Miami as strong wind from Hurricane Irma blows in. The weather service’s Miami office said in a Tweet that one of its employees witnessed the crane boom and counterweight collapse in downtown Miami. The employee captured video of the collapse.

The crane fell onto a high-rise building that's under construction. It's in a bayfront area filled with hotels and high-rise condo and office buildings, near AmericanAirlines Arena. According to AP, Miami-Dade County Director of Communications Mike Hernandez said emergency personnel couldn't immediately respond to the scene because of high winds. Authorities urged people to avoid the area after the Sunday morning collapse. It wasn't clear if there were any injuries. Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso said the approximately two-dozen other cranes in the city are still upright and built to withstand significant wind gusts.

The cranes were thought to be able to withstand the direct hit of a Category 4 hurricane, however, Irma's winds in Miami are just at the Category 1 level. About 25 cranes remained up before the storm approached South Florida.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the collapse caused damage or injuries.

The boom of the crane snapped off and is currently still connected to the tower, but is hanging off the side of the building. "All we care about is the safety of everyone right now," the building's developer, PMG, said in a statement. "We will have a crew over to secure the crane as soon as the weather permits."

As reported previously, the cranes have been a concern even though construction sites across Irma’s potential path in Florida were locked down to remove or secure building materials, tools and debris that could be flung by Irma’s winds.

But the horizontal arms of the tall tower cranes remained loose despite the potential danger of collapse. According to city officials, it would have taken about two weeks to move the cranes and there wasn’t enough time.

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Meanwhile, as of noon ET, Miami’s financial center appears to now be flooding as ocean water enters city streets as part of the storm’s surge.

As one Instragram user, filming from downtown Miami comments, "there is no Seawall whatsoever" along Brickell Avenue.

More flooding images #hurricaneirma #miami @nbc6 @cbsmiami @wsvn @local10news @cnn @weatherchannel

A post shared by Matthew Spuler (@matthew.spuler) on Sep 10, 2017 at 8:08am PDT

According to Reuters, several blocks of flooding crept up on and around Brickell Avenue in Miami, which cuts through the heart of the city's financial district and newly-built high rises. "There's water everywhere," said Chaim Lipskar, rabbi at the Rok Family Shul that is sheltering a few families through the hurricane.

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Swampster's picture

Miami? Elev 5 feet flooded?? during a hurricane?


Wonders never cease.....


P.S. what time did the Government "Sprayer Planes" go into action? I missed that in the article....

secretargentman's picture

My understanding of the law is that if Irma makes it from Cuba to the Florida shore, she's allowed to stay. 

Winston Churchill's picture

Do the law of the sea salvage rights apply here, because  thats a lot of $$$.

Lumberjack's picture

MSM showing vids of looters. I wonder how long they can tread water.

Mtnrunnr's picture

Irma is a liberal conspiracy anyway, these are all fake videos.

BLOTTO's picture

Irma is turning into a dud.

knukles's picture

The MSM has outdone themselves again.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all harmed.
My wishes for something else (I've not yet decided the Hell I'm personally building for them.) for the press, ginning up fear and panic.


Swampster's picture

So far, Irma has sold a lot of gasoline, and booked quite a few hotel rooms. It's rapidly losing organization.

Dormouse's picture

Go outside with your shotgun and fire two blasts into the air. This will scare the storm away.
—Joe Biden

Deathrips's picture

Its almost like the goal of central planning was to put the people in debt....building a massive city 5 ft above sealevel with no seawall. How much is this "mistake" going to cost taxpayers?

They arent stupid folks....people in debt arent free. National debt is socialist debt slavery.


Not my debt to pay.



Crypto Kevin's picture

It is your debt to pay. Taxes are not optional.

sleigher's picture

That's your programming speaking.   Show me the law where it says that taxes are not voluntary.

Escrava Isaura's picture

So now we can all be certain that Noah’s “there won’t be no more flooding” was a big lie.  

Well, humanity was able to overcome Santa Claus lie, so overcoming Noah’s lie should not be a problem.


Slack Jack's picture

Record-Setting Hurricanes; Record-Setting Wildfires; Record temperatures; ya think it might be global warming?


So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs2-00/

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80 meters (263 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:


Global temperatures are increasing. And by quite a lot each year.

2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.

This is 0.0380 degrees centigrade hotter than the previous record year which was 2015.

0.0380 is a large increase in just one year.

2015 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.1601 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2014.

0.1601 is an absolutely huge increase in just one year (at this rate temperatures would increase by 16 degrees in a century).

2014 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.0402 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2010.


The conspiracy to hide global warming data.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is given tax money to make global temperature records available to the public. However, certain people at NOAA continually sabotage this aspect of NOAA's mandate. For example, these people have (deliberately) sabotaged the web-page that delivers the temperature records.

Look for yourself:

Go to the page: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/monitoring-references/faq/anomalies.php scroll down to the The Global Anomalies and Index Data section and click the download button and see what happens. Well, you get the message:

"Not Found. The requested URL /monitoring-references/faq/anomalies-download was not found on this server."

I guess that the 2017 data must be truly horrible if they have to hide it away.

It turns out that this seems to be the case; NASA reports that:

July 2017 had the hottest average land temperatures on record.

The new July 2017 record was +1.20 degrees centigrade above the 20th century average (of the July data). The previous record average land temperature for July was just last year. It was +1.10 degrees above the 20th century average.

Did the media bother to tell you about this? No!


Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

Fuck off, brainwashed Globalwarmist religious zealot. 

Does your god, Algore (praise be to Algore, peace be upon him),  tell you to annoy the crap out of people with the same massive spam comment in order to convert them to your Globalwarmist religion? 

Déjà view's picture

Water so deep...Miami 'dolphins' exhibiting somersaults at Hard Rock Stadium...

bluez's picture

Riddle me this:

Hurricane Irma is a large as Texas (really!), and regardless of the wind speed that everybody worries about, it is simply one giant flying ocean.

So my question is: Where is all that water going to go???

Caloot's picture

So tirng. There was an iceage 8000 years ago.  Yes moron the climate change.s. Always. Never fking doesn't change.   The question for a flaming idiot like yourself is. What are you going to do about.  Kill a billion or two people.   Stop poor serfs in third world countries from having light bulbs?   Tax poor people for 'carbon' and give it to rich people.   So fking nice. So fking stupid.   You have nothing. Except an inkling for totalitarianism.  Maybe a nice Democratic socialist one world government willfix it.

waspwench's picture

Do not respond to slackjack.


Trader200K's picture

Probably not until Soros' blood money is kaput.

Freddie's picture

If you really want to learn about Global Warming - go outside during the day and look up in the sky.  There is a bright thing and star at it for a few minutes.

It's callied the fu*king sun and it is the biggest game in the solar system.  It affects the temps of the planet more than anything else and you have absolutely no control over it. The radiation output varies so it affects temps on earth more than ANYTHING.

You might be able to put up some satellites to reduce the radiatiion but your global elite pals pushing GW are already fu*king us up with HAARP and chemtrails. 

You should pray every night that the sun does not get a little hotter or colder because if it does we are well and truly f*cked.

You lying c**ksuckers never mention the sun when you spew your global warming bullshit.  Because you liars have no answers about the sun.

moneybots's picture

"So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?"


Propagandists pretend the temperature is worrisome. Obama flew all over the place in Air Foce One, carbonating the atmosphere as he pleased, without a care in the world. Obama is scamming you, slack jack.

moneybots's picture

"The conspiracy to hide global warming data."


The global warming hysteria conspiracy. The world is actually not coming to an end. It has been hotter than this, before.

Vegas is Definitely Sin City's picture

If GW was so horrible then you would think
those pushing it would lead by example.

A Dollar Short's picture

Another Al Gore butt licker,  get a life fool..

JB Say's picture

Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
40 years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes!
The dead rising from the grave!
Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!

armageddon addahere's picture

I told you there would be trouble if you didn't sacrifice a virgin to the Eclipse gods.(sarkylert)

Hans-Zandvliet's picture

How are we going to feed all those "dead rising from the grave"?

We got too many mouths to feed already (7.5 bn)!

MK13's picture

They don't pay you enough to paste that.

And besides, it's a waste of time, anyone with half a brain can recognize made-for-wealth-transfer 'global warming'. No one here will change their mind based on shilling.

Real worry for survival of humanity is natural global cooling, and our interglacial is long in the tooth.

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

Of even more immediate concern is the solar minimum that will lead to some serious global cooling over the next 30 years.  I hope to gawd Al Gore is alive to see it and eat the mother of all crows.  We'll look back and remember the good old warm El Nino years of 1998 and 2015.......

erkme73's picture

Cut, paste.  Cut, paste.  Cut, paste.  Cut, paste.  Give it a rest troll.  You missed your turn and should be over at HuffPost.

kbohip's picture

Shouldn't you be out with Al looking for ManBearPig?

AMPALANCE's picture

I'm not reading all that garbage, but as for turning farmland into desert, that's being done with pesticides, herbicides and radioactive fertilizers, and genetically modified organisms allow more pesticides and herbicides to be used rendering the ground sterile and poisonous. BTW, why don't the Climate change-ologist ever mention Fukushima? I guess they don't like when science goes so obviously catastrophically wrong? Climate change is real, and we have an effect on the climate, as does the Sun getting warmer or cooler, but adding another layer of Government (because that is what the climate change narrative is really about, a global socialist government) will make it desperately and catastrophically worse, starving and impoverished people (The outcome of every failed socialist government in history) do not care where the throw their trash or dump their oil, paint and other chemicals.

cheeseheader's picture

Slacker, no to repeat/repaste this drivel again here, we've all seen it now.


Go home.

Utopia Planitia's picture

I'm going to ask the nice folks at AdBlock to enhance their plugin to also kill anything by Slack Jack. (and perhaps a very few others... maybe make it configurable...)

rent slave's picture

I was at a football game with the Sun out in NJ on Saturday,and it was colder than was the Rutgers offense.

Bwana's picture

There's only one problem with your arguement about "global warming" it has been getting colder for 18 years now. NOAA and NASA has admitted their data was compromised. The ARGUS system shows no change in the ocean temperatures and last but not least Mars is colling slightly also since we are heated by the same sun which is going into a predicted solar minimum. No matter how many times you tell a lie it is still a lie.

lost username's picture

Please Escrava you should stop spreading lies. Would suggest you read the book you are trying to quote from. Start with Genesis chapters 8 & 9. "For the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done."

"All flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth."

Noah never said or promised anything like you are saying. I hope your future is filled with greater education and inspiration.

Escrava Isaura's picture

My apologies. You’re correct. Noah did not say that. It was god himself that said that to Noah, accordingly to Republic Representative John Shimkus: We shouldn't concerned about the planet being destroyed because God promised Noah it wouldn't happen again after the great flood.

Again, accept my apologies for not be precise with Shimkus’ quote.


webmatex's picture

And of course its also written that the gods of Sumer were pissed by the clamour and noise of the humans and decided to use "weather control" to drown the planet whilst evacuating to space for the duration.

Enki did not agree with this.

Gigamesh version much more detailed and accurate than the later old testament version.

OverTheHedge's picture

A few people, in an insignificant corner of the world, are getting a bit damp. So what?. I actually want some rain. It's late. I need it.

Americans do tend to believe that, being special, anything that happens to them, must happen to everyone. I haven't been to Brazil yet, so I can't comment on the worldview of Brazilians.

(I'm sorry, I know it's racists, but the word "Brazilian" always makes me think of the haircut, not the nationality. Childish of me, I know.)

beemasters's picture

Is the anniversary of 9/11 to be forgotten now that the Hurricane is here? Still remembering Dick Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, Dancing Israelis, Building 7...

shovelhead's picture

Did something happen on 9/11?

unsafe-space-time's picture

That's not a global flood. There will be something way better than that in the end.

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

The covenant was not to flood the world again (that is, destroy all of humanity except for a select few).

Miami is not the world. It's one small city. Five feet above sea level. With no sea wall.

And you somehow blame God?