Two cranes collapse in Miami from Irma's howling winds

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Instead, a dispatcher, with the help of paramedics and a doctor from Jackson Memorial Hospital, walked the woman through delivery over the phone-including passing her placenta and cutting and tying off her umbilical cord. This time, she was about to give birth.

Although Miami has been spared the worst of the hurricane, rescue crews were told to begin using judgment when deciding whether to respond to emergency calls, reports the Miami Herald.

The family fled to Miami-Dade, where the baby girl was safely delivered at Baptist Hospital in Kendall.

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.

But Pons said the cranes are created to withstand winds up to 145 miles per hour, meaning some could fall if Irma made a direct hit on Miami.

Tropical Storm Irma Claims First Life in Georgia
School was canceled in communities around the state, and more than 1.2 million customers there were without power this morning. While Irma's trek remains with the fate of Mother Nature, several models show the hurricane reaching deep into the state.


There is an unproven belief that storms can increase the number of babies born.

One expecting mama went into labor in the midst of the evacuation chaos in Florida, serving as a reminder that childbirth waits for no one and nothing - not even for a hurricane to pass.

"It's certainly not cut-and-dried, but there is some scientific evidence that changes in pressure can contribute to membrane rupture", Dr. Jonathan Schaffir, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Ohio State University College of Medicine, told Live Science in 2012.

With a middle name as powerful as "Storm", and such an incredible birth story, we're pretty sure this little girl can take on whatever comes her way! "It's still worth it to forewarn pregnant women in areas that are going to get hit that there could be a potential complication".

At least 25 have died as a result from the storm and hundreds of homes and businesses have been destroyed, including up to 95 percent of structures on the tiny island of Barbuda.

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