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.
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.
“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.
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