Nightly News | October 29, 2012
>> now we deal with the situation in new york city , a city that is made to withstand a lot, both old construction and new. but has not been tested in the way the city is about to be tested over the next 24 hours , speaking specifically of hurricane-strength winds. one drama, in particular, a dangling construction crane 90 stories above mid-town manhattan . on top what is going to be the tallest apartment building in the city. it was captured on video as it went up and over andllapsed. and that is wre it sits. held by the strength of the cables, attaching it to the cab. rehema ellis, our correspondent, covering in mid-town, manhattan , rehema?
>> reporter: brian this is a difficult situation, as you talk about from new construction, which is as you just pointed out, a luxury high-rise building going on up here, and now the crane, dangling dangerously above one of the most busy streets in new york. let me tell you what we just heard, about what could be an old building. a 40-story building south of here has collapsed. no reports of injuries at this upon the. no reports of injuries, and that is the way authorities hope to keep it. they have created a collapse zone, no cars or pedestrians around the area. and they have evacuated everybody in the area of the 57 57th street construction site . authorities want to go up into this construction site , but brian , we're told that means climbing 74 flights of stairs, becae there is no power, to get them up in an elevator to see if they can secure this frame safely. but the winds are gusting here, at the time of the collapse, the authorities say the winds were gusting at 40 miles an hour, what could have been 90 miles an hour, some 70 mile -- 70 stories up above. so nobody is certain whether they will secure it tonight or if they just have to wait this storm out. brian ?
>> all right, rehema ellis in mid-town, manhattan , and let's go