The area near the destroyed building was hit by thunder and rain, and another day of unstable weather was expected.
The search for and rescue of the victims of the collapse of a condominium building in Miami intensified on Monday when a strong tropical storm approached Florida.
On Monday, lightning forced crews to halt the search for victims of the June 24 surf-flood, and a garage was flooded with rubble, officials said.
The latest forecast states that Tropical Storm Elsa moved westward, not affecting much of South Florida, but experienced thunderstorms and rain in the vicinity of the collapsed building and another day off. Strong weather was expected.
Rescue teams were disappointed with the delay, said Miami Dead County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
He told a news conference on Monday that he really lives to save lives, and he has gone beyond the fact that nothing comes his way.
Still, the teams got a big boost when an unstable part of the Champlain Towers south building collapsed on Sunday. Authorities said the demolition raised fears that the structure could collapse, and rescue workers were allowed to enter previously inaccessible places, including bedrooms, where people are believed to be at risk. Time was sleeping.
Four more victims were identified, bringing the death toll to 28. Another 117 people are missing.
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said the site has been much busier and more active since its inception when the destroyed building collapsed. "Heavy goods can now move freely around the area," he added.
Rescue workers hoped to find a clear picture of the sounds in the rubble as they searched for someone trapped under the collapsed arm of the building but found very few sounds. Miami Dade, Raide Jadallah.
"We continue to focus on our core mission, which is to leave no stone unturned and to find as many people as possible and to give family and loved ones some answers or to come closer," said Captain Ignatius Carroll of Miami Fire Rescue. I have to help.
No one was rescued after the first hours of the crash. An Israeli rescuer said the chances of finding survivors were almost nil.
Professionally, it's hard to say from what we've seen; we think we have a good chance of finding someone alive.
"We try to be optimistic, but we are also realistic," said Golan Watch, an expert on the Israeli team.
Given the circumstances we've seen, it's hard to say professionally that we think we have a good chance of finding someone alive," he added.
Of the 28 deaths, 26 have been identified. The latest is the marriage of 66-year-old Ingrid Ainsworth and 68-year-old Tzvi Ainsworth, who has lived in Australia for 20 years.
The missing include dozens of Latin Americans from countries such as Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Chile, and Uruguay.
The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, but several investigations are underway.
A 2018 report released by city officials said the complex could suffer major structural damage, from concrete slabs under the pool deck to columns and beams in the parking lot.
People have also filed several cases in court through people claiming compensation for damages to the neighborhood.