Florida condo collapse death toll rises as tropical storm closes in

SURFSIDE, Fla. – Bands of rain from an approaching tropical system and a forecast that includes possible tornadoes added to the hurdles faced by rescue workers seeking signs of life Tuesday among the ruins of the Miami-area condominium collapse.

Four more victims have been found in the rubble, the Associated Press reported Tuesday, citing a fire official. That brings death toll to 36, up from the 32 announced by Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava earlier Tuesday. 

Authorities remained steadfast in describing the effort as search and rescue, almost two weeks after the stunning collapse at the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, a few miles north of Miami Beach. Photos of dozens of victims and those missing are displayed nearby on a makeshift Surfside Wall of Hope & Memorial.

No one has been found alive in the rubble after the day of the tragedy. County Fire Chief Alan Cominsky said rescue workers were not finding any signs of life.

“The key things we were looking for all throughout in regard to void space, livable spaces,” he said, “we’re not coming across that.”

The remaining sections of the building were imploded Sunday amid concerns that winds from Elsa would topple the structure and bring rescue efforts to a halt. That allowed for the search to intensify, Levine Cava said.

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