Tragic block demolished as storm approaches…

The remaining part of a Miami area condo that collapsed on 24 June has been demolished ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Elsa. A decision to move up the demolition was taken amidst the threat of a secondary collapse that could potentially endanger rescue crews still searching through the rubble.

Meanwhile, officials said the death toll from the Champlain Tower collapse increased overnight to 24 victims, and 124 people remain missing.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a Saturday news conference that the state will pay for all costs of the demolition, which he said should take place within 36 hours. He said officials believe the building can come down before Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to the area early next week.