They continue to monitor Tropical Storm Elsa
Mayor Levine Cava said officials continue to monitor the tropical storm heading toward Florida as rescue efforts continue after the Surfside condo collapse.
Surfside is no longer in the forecast cone for Tropical Storm Elsa, but the area could still receive some rain from the storm.
“We continue to monitor Tropical Storm Elsa and expect Miami-Dade to experience primarily heavy rain and some winds today and tomorrow,” Levine Cava said at a news conference Monday.
The rest of the Champlain Towers South building was demolished Sunday night as Tropical Storm Elsa continued to travel toward Florida. Officials and rescue teams were increasingly concerned about the safety of those searching the rubble and the possibility of the rest of the structure collapsing.
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“Only dust fell on the existing pile” during the demolition of the building, says mayor
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said last night’s demolition of the remaining portion of Champlain Towers South was “carried out exactly as planned.”
“The demolition began at 10:30 pm and the building fell as planned onto Collins Avenue. Only the dust fell on the existing pile, ”said the mayor.
He said officials were able to begin work on the pile around midnight and by 1:00 am ET, “they were back in search and rescue operation mode.
The mayor said that “tearing down the building in a controlled manner was critical to broadening our search reach.” He said that the area closest to the building was the area that we had not been able to access.
“And as we speak, crews are working on that part of the pile that was not accessible before the building was demolished,” he said.
Increase the death toll
At least 27 people have died and 118 people remain missing after a residential building partially collapsed in Miami.