Rescue efforts at the Champlain Towers South residential building accelerated as Tropical Storm Elsa approaches the state with winds nearing 100 kilometers per hour.
Four more victims were found Tuesday under the rubble of a collapsed building in Miami, bringing the death toll to 32, as Hurricane Elsa arrived in Florida, threatening new search efforts.
According to a video posted on social media, Miami Dead Assistant Fire Chief Raid Jadallah announced a new death count for family members during a closed-door morning briefing on Tuesday. He said rescuers have also been locating more human remains and removed 2.5 million kilos of debris.
Rescue efforts at the Champlain Towers South residential building following the June 24 landslide in Surfside accelerated as Tropical Storm Elsa approaches the state. Strong 20 mph (32 kph) winds with stronger gusts blew through the area as gray clouds from Elsa's outer bands swirled above.
The Rainbands were expected at Surfried as Elsa strengthened her ability to become a hurricane before crossing North Florida, somewhere between Tampa Bay and Florida's Big Band.
Jadallah said the power outage caused a two-hour delay on Tuesday morning.
Lightning from the approaching storm on Monday had already forced crews to halt their search for the victims, and a garage area amid the rubble was filled with water, authorities said.
On Tuesday morning, at the site of the collapsed building, the sound of electric saws and rooms was heard as workers in yellow helmets and blue peaks searched for debris on the thirteenth day.
On Sunday, rescue teams received a major boost after demolishing an unstable part of the building. 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.
"The site is busier and more active now than I've seen it since we started, now that the damaged building is collapsed," Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said Monday, adding that heavy equipment could now move freely around the place.
"We are focused on our core mission, which is to leave no stone unturned and find as many people as possible, and we can help give some answers to family and loved ones or Help close
Chances are almost zero.
No one was rescued after the first hours of the crash.
An Israeli rescuer said the chances of finding survivors are "almost zero."
"We try to be optimistic, but we are also realistic," said Golan Vach, an expert who is on one of the Israeli teams at the scene.
"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 32 fatalities, 26 have been identified. The latest is the marriage of Ingrid Ainsworth, 66, and Tzvi Ainsworth, 68, who had lived in Australia for 20 years.
Among the disappeared are dozens of Latin Americans from Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Chile, and Uruguay.
The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, but several investigations are under way.
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.