Downtown Detroit’s tallest building, the General Motors Renaissance Center, was apparently a bit uneasy as unusually high winds threatened the skyscraper.
The risk posed enough of a threat to employees that GM management sent employees home yesterday, according to MLive.
“The continued high winds may cause some issues with RenCen building operations and pedestrian/vehicle traffic,” read an email sent to GM workers about 2:20 p.m. “GM leadership recommends that GM employees and visitors leave the building in a safe and orderly way and work from home or alternate locations. Also, take care when walking to vehicles due to possible flying debris.”
Workers also reported elevator problems in the building and were told to stay clear of windows before management sent them home.
Twitter account “Motor City 911” reported the Renaissance Center was swaying 6 to 8-inches, more than the building has ever shifted due to winds, while others stated metal pieces could be seen falling from the structure with wind gusts reaching 60 mph on occasion.
Neighborhoods surrounding Detroit, Michigan, were also met with widespread power outages, with some 900,000 customers without electricity at one point Wednesday. Thankfully, it seems mother nature has taken a day to catch her breath this Thursday morning.