With winds reaching up to 100 miles per hour at high-rise levels (it’s about 55 mph on the ground) in downtown New York City, a crane in Midtown Manhattan has “partially collapsed” from the conditions. There are been no reported injuries yet.
The local ABC channel has a live feed of the crane situation here. The broadcasters called it a “hugely dangerous” situation and expressed concern over how work crews would be able to get on the scene to secure the crane. The crane is reported to be between 57th and 7th Avenue.
Here are a few tweets about it:
Broadcaster Diana Williams on the ground said that pieces of the crane appeared to be dangling and tangled and described it as “a lot of metal that’s just wrapped around up there.” Williams later went on to say the crane is “dangling off the side of the building,” which is a luxury condo high-rise under construction. Even with high winds on the ground, the wind is expected to be even stronger at higher altitudes.
Emergency responders were blocking off the street, keeping the area clear of people. Megyn Kelly said on Fox News Monday afternoon that while the area was supposed to be secure, from her window, she saw some still walking around downtown Manhattan.
Williams noted that even some emergency vehicles have backed up a couple blocks from the crane. Some emergency responders are heading to nearby buildings to clear them of people as a precaution.
This is a developing story. We’ll update with more information as it becomes available.