At Least One Death Has Been Confirmed And 51 People Assumed To Be Living In The Florida Condo Are Not Accounted For, Commissioner Says

At Least One Death Has Been Confirmed And 51 People Assumed To Be Living In The Florida Condo Are Not Accounted For, Commissioner Says

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1 hr 22 min ago51 people assumed to be living in collapsed building are not accounted for, commissioner saysFrom CNN’s Elise Hammond

Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman said, as of right now, 51 people who were assumed to have been living in the partially collapsed part of the building have not been accounted for.

Heyman told CNN those people have “not either called out or had people call in to reach them.”

Emergency officials are asking people to call 305-614-1819 to report that they are safe or for family members to report their relatives missing.

The commissioner said it is not clear if all 51 people were in the building when it fell because of “vacations or anything else, so we’re still waiting and unfortunately the hope is still there, but it is weaning.”

Heyman said crews have completed searching and are now shifting to recovery efforts. She said fire rescue and first responders have gone entirely through the building that did not fall, and the part that was partially compromised.

“The rest of the search and rescue efforts has been done by man power on the outside, search on the barrier quarters, also with drones and with dogs. It has shifted now or started to shift to recovery,” she said.She said about 40 people have been evacuated, according to their records. Some of them were helped by other people, she said.

But, Heyman said crews are in “pause mode” right now because of a thunderstorm that has moved into the area.

1 hr 15 min agoSurveillance video purports to show moment Florida building collapsedFrom CNN’s Paul P. Murphy

New video, obtained by a local Fox Sports radio anchor, appears to show the moment that a condo building in Surfside, Florida, collapsed early Thursday morning. 

In the video, obtained by Fox Sports 640 South Florida’s talk show host Andy Slater, it purportedly shows the building collapsing first from the middle.

The front, and back of the building appears to remain standing. Nine seconds later, the back of the building begins to collapse.

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1 hr 42 min agoFlorida governor: We are bracing for some bad newsFrom CNN’s Melissa Alonso

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Source: WFTSFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis said local and state officials are hoping for additional rescues from the Surfside collapse but, “we are bracing for some bad news just given the destruction that we’re seeing.”

DeSantis thanked first responders during a news conference in Tampa Thursday morning.  

“The quick response was very important and I do think it saved lives,” DeSantis said. “I want to thank the folks for their bravery in doing that,” the governor continued. DeSantis said he has spoken to the Surfside, Florida, mayor and local officials and dispatched emergency response personal to the area to assist. 

The governor said he will be traveling to South Florida later today. 

2 hr 6 min agoSearch and rescue process could take a week, Surfside town manager saysFrom CNN’s Gregory Lemos

Surfside Town Manager Andy Hyatt told reporters Thursday that the search and rescue effort at Champlain Towers South could take a week. 

“This is not something that is going to be brief. It’s going to be something that is for the long term and possibly at least a week,” Hyatt said.Hyatt said the town has been in touch with both US Senators from Florida, the governor and the county mayor. He said they are “very appreciative” of the support they are getting.

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