The Triangle’s cranes will be set to spin with the wind as Florence hits

posted by Dennis Elliott - 

RALEIGH 

As Hurricane Florence approaches, bringing high winds and heavy rain, the region’s prominent cranes are going into “weathervane” mode.

That is crane speak for releasing the brakes on the towering structures to allow them to spin freely in the wind, like a weathervane would. A counterweight system within the crane’s towers also keeps them from rocking back and forth.

Dennis Kenna, president of Heede Southeast, a Charlotte area company that operates cranes throughout the Southeast, said that his company is confident its cranes in the area can withstand the forecasted tropical-strength wind.

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