As Irma Threatens Miami, How to Stay Safe in the Face of a Monster Storm
Many people tape up their windows before a storm hits, but doing so can be extremely dangerous.
As Hurricane Irma inches closer to Miami, many have been left wondering whether the city's famous skyline will survive the storm.
Dozens of construction cranes line the cityscape due to a building boom and there's no time to take them down.
They're built to withstand winds of up to 145 miles per hour, but Irma has been packing gusts of up to 185 miles per hour.
The cranes are designed to spin in the wind like weather vanes.
Authorities are also appealing to residents in high rises to clear items from their terraces to avoid furniture that may become a missile to the ground below.
Many people tape up their windows before a hurricane hits but it doesn't work. According to the National Hurricane Center, it can actually be dangerous.
"It is a myth," home safety expert Ron Hazelton told Inside Edition. "It does not make the glass stronger. It actually does create a second problem, if you put tape on a glass [window], and it does break, then the glass is likely to break into large shards, which can be very dangerous or deadly."
Hurricane resistant windows were required in all buildings after Hurricane Andrew struck in 1992.
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