Two other bodies were pulled from the rubble of a 12-story condominium near Miami, which were partially destroyed last month.
The remains of a 12-story building in South Florida that partially collapsed at midnight last month will be demolished as early as Sunday, local officials say, as an incoming storm threatens to bring down the storm. structure.
Two other bodies were pulled from the rubble of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, near Miami, on Saturday, carrying officers number of deaths to 24. Search and rescue operations have continued since 124 people are still unknown after the fall of the tower.
Miami-Dade Fire Chief Alan Cominsky told reporters that the demolition of what remained of the towers would have to be done as soon as possible because Elsa Tropical Storm is scheduled to arrive in South Florida as early as Monday.
“We had no control over where to land,” he said.
Elsa was reduced Saturday from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm with sustained maximum winds of 110 km / h (70 mph) as it passed through the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
The long-term forecast track has shown that it is heading towards Florida as a tropical storm by Tuesday morning, even if some models will bring it into the Gulf or the Atlantic coast. Meteorological officials have warned it could bring heavy rain and gusty winds in the Miami area.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the building on Surfside is “tremendous” and “structurally unsatisfactory” and that demolition is the prudent thing to do.
“If the ship is demolished, this will protect our search and rescue teams, because we don’t know when it could fall,” DeSantis said during a press conference. “And, of course, with these gusts, potentially that could create a really severe danger.”
Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County mayor, has signed an order requesting the immediate demolition of the building and it could happen immediately on Sunday, officials say.
“It’s our fervent will to do that before the storm,” Levine Cava said. “Yes, we are concerned that tropical storm winds may influence the stability of the ship.”
Fire officials said the building would be removed in a controlled manner with explosive charges, not a demolition ball or other methods. Contractors inspected the site Saturday to draw up a plan, officials say.
It’s unclear what caused the building’s collapse last month, however investigators have found evidence of water damage and structural damage so severe the building’s property association had estimated it would cost $ 15 million to repair.
The president of the Champlain Towers South condominium association told residents in April that his building needed to address structural problems, the Wall Street Journal reported this week.
A 2018 report released after the fall of the building also showed that an engineer found evidence of major structural damage under the pool deck and “cement deterioration” in the condominium’s underground garage.
The engineer, Frank Morabito, warned that the waterproofing installed under the pool deck had failed due to a major error in design.