Engineers prepare for demolition; search for 121 suspended


SURFSIDE, Florida – A demolition crew was at work Sunday at the site of the deadly building collapse in the town of Surfside, Miami-Dade County. The official death toll rose to 24 just before search and rescue teams suspended operations on Saturday afternoon.

There are 121 people missing, police said. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said she ordered the demolition following recommendations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Engineers are focusing on what remains of the 12-story Champlain South Towers at 8777 Collins Avenue since a section collapsed shortly before 2 a.m. on June 24.

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During a briefing for the families of the victims, Miami-Dade Deputy Fire Chief Raide Jadallah said engineers feared the structure would collapse without warning, so a demolition on Monday was a possibility.

The forecast for Tropical Storm Elsa was changing, but the latest advisory indicated that Surfside was outside the cone of probability. Meteorologists had expected this to cause storms in the region on Tuesday.

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“While the eye of the storm is unlikely to pass in that direction, you could feel some gusts in this area,” Governor Ron DeSantis said on Saturday.

Local 10 News hurricane specialist Bryan Norcross reported that Miami-Dade and Broward are likely to get only marginal effects, but some gusty downpours are still possible, depending on where the outer bands are set.

6 rescuers tested positive for coronavirus outside Surfside building collapse site
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Full Coverage: Surfside Building Collapse

Cover July 3

In this satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies, heavy lifting cranes are used to aid in search and recovery operations at the partially collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building on Saturday, July 3, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (Maxar Technologies via AP) (Satellite image © 2021 Maxar Technologies)

Cover July 2

Workers load a stretcher with remains extracted from the rubble into a Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s van near the Champlain Towers South condo building, where dozens of people are missing more than a week after its partial collapse, Friday July 2, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (AP Photo / Mark Humphrey) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

July 1 coverage

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visit a memorial wall covered in flowers and photos of the missing on Thursday, July 1, 2021, after a condo tower collapsed in Surfside, Fla. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage June 30

A dog working with search and rescue personnel barks to alert them after sniffing a spot atop the rubble of the Champlain Towers South condo building, where dozens of people are missing nearly a week after it collapsed partial, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Surfside, Florida (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Coverage June 29

Rescuers paint the rubble of a collapsed oceanfront condominium, leaving many dead and missing, in Surfside, Fla. On Tuesday, June 29, 2021 (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Cover June 28

FILE – In this file photo from June 28, 2021, workers dig through the rubble of the Champlain Towers South Condo in Surfside, Florida. Miami-Dade’s search and rescue teams have been described as some of the best and most experienced in the world. (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky, file) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Cover June 27

This aerial image shows a beachfront condominium building that partially collapsed three days earlier, killing people and many people still missing, in Surfside, Fla. On Sunday, June 27, 2021 (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Cover June 26

Rescuers search the rubble of the Champlain Towers South condominium, Saturday, June 26, 2021, in the Surfside district of Miami. The building partially collapsed on Thursday. (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Cover June 25

FILE – In this file photo from June 25, 2021, rescue personnel work on the remains of the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Florida. Harry Rosenberg, a man from New York, bought a seaside house there to start a new chapter in his life after the deaths of his wife and parents. Now he’s missing in the building collapse outside of Miami. (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert, file) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Coverage June 24

This photo from a video provided by ReliableNewsMedia, firefighters rescue a survivor from the rubble of Champlain Towers South Condo after the multi-story building partially collapsed in Surfside, Fla., Early Thursday, June 24, 2021 (ReliableNewsMedia via AP)

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