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US New Orleans to explode huge unstable cranes ahead of storm

17:25  18 october  2019
17:25  18 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Damaged cranes hampering rescue efforts in partially collapsed New Orleans Hard Rock hotel

  Damaged cranes hampering rescue efforts in partially collapsed New Orleans Hard Rock hotel Rescue crews in New Orleans were still searching for a missing worker in the area where a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino building under construction partially collapsed and expressed concerns about two heavily damaged cranes that were in danger of falling down, officials said Monday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "We're still in rescue mode," said New Orleans Fire Chief Timothy McConnell during a news conference. "Our teams are once again, they're back in the building for the fifth time today.

Here's why crews are turning to explosives to bring down two cranes that were badly damaged at a construction site in New Orleans . Two unstable cranes loom over the construction of a Hard Rock Hotel, Thursday, Oct.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new construction crane has been moved to the New Orleans site where a Authorities in New Orleans say plans are being made to place explosives on two unstable construction cranes in hopes of bringing them down with a series of small controlled blasts ahead of

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The city of New Orleans is preparing to explode two giant, badly damaged construction cranes that are towering over a partially collapsed hotel project at the edge of the French Quarter, bringing them down Friday just ahead of tropical weather that could possibly cause them to tumble out of control.

New crane positioned near unstable New Orleans collapse site

  New crane positioned near unstable New Orleans collapse site A new construction crane has been moved to the New Orleans site where a partially collapsed building and two giant cranes are in danger of toppling after a weekend disaster that killed three workers. It was not immediately clear how it might be used in efforts to stabilize the site. It was not immediately clear how it might be used in efforts to stabilize the site. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was to meet with officials there Thursday and hold an afternoon news conference.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities in New Orleans say explosives will be strategically placed on two unstable construction cranes in hopes of bringing them down with a series of small controlled blasts ahead of approaching tropical weather. Officials hope to bring the towers down Friday without

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two giant, badly damaged construction cranes towering over a partially collapsed hotel project are to be demolished Friday with a series of controlled explosions in hopes of dropping them straight down without damaging nearby businesses and historic buildings around the

They hope to demolish the cranes with a series of controlled explosions that would drop them straight down without damaging gas and electricity lines and historic buildings.

Fire Chief Tim McConnell said they're working quickly to collapse the multi-ton structures as authorities keep watch on the outer bands of what the National Hurricane Center expects to become Tropical Storm Nestor. Forecasters said the storm could kick up stiff winds and rain by Friday night.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell cited the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel and the coming storm in declaring a state of emergency that empowers police to "commandeer or utilize any private property," force people out of dangerous areas and suspend the sale or transport of alcohol and firearms, among other measures.

Hotel collapse survivor speaks out as new questions arise about potential structural flaws

  Hotel collapse survivor speaks out as new questions arise about potential structural flaws "Somebody needs to be held accountable for it," said steelworker Derrick Pate, whose femur was broken in the New Orleans accident.When the future Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans came crashing down Saturday, the steelworker was buried under tons of rubble on the construction site's eighth floor.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two giant, badly damaged construction cranes towering over a partially Forecasters said a tropical storm could form in the Gulf of Mexico and affect the area by Friday McConnell said an already wide evacuation area around the site would be expanded ahead of the

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two giant, badly damaged construction cranes towering over a partially Forecasters said a tropical storm could form in the Gulf of Mexico and affect the area by Friday McConnell said an already wide evacuation area around the site would be expanded ahead of the

"There is still a possibility of tropical storm force winds here in New Orleans," Gov. John Bel Edwards said, flanking the mayor at a Thursday evening news conference. "That is not the probability. But there is a probability that we're going to have elevated winds regardless."

The fire chief described a plan involving workers suspended from another crane, moved in Thursday, to weaken the damaged construction towers with blow torches and attach explosives at key points. One of the crane towers is about 270 feet (82 meters) high, the other about 300 feet (91 meters). Both have massive cross arms adding more tonnage. Neither is stable.

"The rear tower moved four inches overnight, the one in the front moved two inches," McConnell said. "They're not designed to do that."

McConnell said an already wide evacuation area around the site would be expanded ahead of the explosion. Gas to a major utility line was being shut down and steps were being taken to protect that line and underground electrical lines that could be affected by falling debris. McConnell said the line would be severely damaged were a crane to land on it.

Tropical storm warnings for Gulf Coast as system strengthens

  Tropical storm warnings for Gulf Coast as system strengthens  A strengthening weather disturbance moving toward the southern United States with heavy rain and wind is expected to become a tropical storm Friday as it nears the Gulf Coast, forecasters said. © Provided by The Associated Press Workers in a bucket begin the process of planting explosive charges on two unstable cranes at the Hard Rock Hotel, which underwent a partial, major collapse Saturday, Oct. 12, in New Orleans, viewed Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two giant, badly damaged construction cranes towering over a partially Forecasters said a tropical storm could form in the Gulf of Mexico and affect the area by Friday At a news conference, authorities said the storm was expected to move east of the city, but could still kick

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new construction crane has been moved to the New Orleans site where a partially collapsed building and two giant cranes are in danger of toppling after a weekend disaster that killed three workers. © Provided by The Associated Press New Orleans Fire Department personnel

If the operation is successful, McConnell said, the towers will drop vertically and simultaneously. "Think of it like it's melting," he told reporters.

Experts, including some who brought down damaged buildings at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, have worked around the clock since Saturday to devise a means of safely bringing down the cranes.

The construction project collapsed Saturday in blinding clouds of dust, killing three workers and injuring more than 20 people. Only one of three bodies has been recovered from the wreckage.

The cause of the collapse remains unknown. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration will investigate. Lawsuits are already being filed on behalf of the injured.

New Orleans Hard Rock Hotel collapse: two cranes demolished at construction site in New Orleans .
Now that two cranes at the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans are toppled, crews can begin searching for two bodies that remain in the debris, city officials said Sunday. © Scott Threlkeld/The Advocate/AP Debris hangs on the side of the building after a large portion of a hotel under construction suddenly collapsed in New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Several construction workers had to run to safety as the Hard Rock Hotel, which has been under construction for the last several months, came crashing down. It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse or if anyone was injured.

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