Elsa now not hurricane, Miami-Dade getting ready as rental collapse search continues

Probability of storm winds from Hurricane Elsa

Source: NOAA

Elsa weakened to tropical storm strength, but continued plowing towards Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Saturday, a day after reaching the Caribbean island states of Barbados and St. Vincent.

The long-term forecast showed it was sailing towards Florida as a tropical storm until Tuesday morning, but some models would carry it to the Gulf or the Atlantic coast.

Florida officials have also warned the potential impact of winds could hamper search and rescue operations the collapsed condo in Surfside, Florida.

“Our business continuity management department expects this to happen and is making the necessary preparations to protect a large part of the equipment. They could possibly host an event with the building, ”said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava signed a local state of emergency on Saturday that will allow the county to mobilize resources if necessary while search and rescue operations continue in the rubble of a partially collapsed 12-story residential complex.

“The path is still very uncertain, but we continue to monitor closely and if there is a potential impact on Miami-Dade, we are ready,” said Cava during a press conference.

The Category 1 storm was located approximately 40 miles southeast of Island Beta in the Dominican Republic and was moving west to west at 11 a.m. EST on Saturday, at 29 mph, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). The agency reported maximum sustained winds of 70 mph as the tropical storm, which had been a Category 1 hurricane the previous Saturday, weakened as it approached Hispaniola and Cuba.

The NHC warned that conditions would likely worsen in the coming hours. Elsa’s forward speed was expected to decrease later on Saturday, while the maximum wind speeds would stay about the same through Sunday or Monday.

DeSantis told reporters on Saturday the state was preparing for a large tropical storm that includes isolated tornadoes, storm surges, heavy rains and flash floods.

“We hope the storm doesn’t have much runway to gain that speed and strength before it hits our peninsula,” he added.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

No less than 24 lifeless in Florida apartment collapse, demolition as early as Sunday

In this handout image dated July 2, 2021, search and rescue workers are working on the site of a collapsed Florida condominium complex in Surfside, Miami, USA.


Florida authorities have hastened plans to demolish a partially collapsed 12-story condominium building in Surfside amid fears the winds of Tropical Storm Elsa could knock over the remaining structure while search and rescue teams rummage through the rubble, hoping dozens of missing residents.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said on Saturday that experts on the ground are currently reviewing the structure and the contract has been signed to demolish the remains of Champlain Towers South as soon as possible.

“It is a burning wish of all of us that this can be done safely before the storm so that we can control the demolition,” said Levine Cava. “This demolition would protect and preserve evidence and allow for maximum search and rescue activity.”

The death toll in the collapsed condominium building rose to 24 on Saturday morning and 124 people are still missing. No one has been rescued since the first hours after the collapse on June 24th.

During a press conference on Saturday evening, Levine Cava said the search and rescue had to be temporarily suspended because of demolition preparations, which include drilling into unstable columns. As soon as the rest of the building is demolished, efforts can resume.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the building could be demolished within 36 hours once the final plan is determined. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said the demolition could begin as early as Sunday.

“The fear was that the hurricane could tear the building down for us and fall in the wrong direction onto the pile that we have victims on,” said Burkett, referring to Elsa, who was downgraded to a tropical storm.

Levine Cava signed a local state of emergency for Elsa on Saturday morning. “Out of great caution, we make sure that we mobilize everything we need in the county to prepare for any impact,” she said at the meeting.

The long-term forecast shows that Elsa will be heading for Florida as a tropical storm by Tuesday morning, but some models would carry him to the Gulf or the Atlantic coast.

The accelerated plan comes a day after Levine Cava said the building will be demolished once engineers sign the next steps, a process that could likely take weeks. Officials have restricted access to parts of the construction zone that threaten public health and safety.

However, Levine Cava said a demolition expert came in on Friday night with the experience of acting faster than originally expected. Engineers and state, local and state agencies reviewed the plan and agreed that it was the best way to go, Levine Cava said.

“This planned demolition is very narrow so we don’t have a major impact on the area or additional evacuations,” said Levine Cava. “We are still in the due diligence process.”

The decision to demolish the remaining part of the building was made after search and rescue operations were suspended for most of Thursday amid concerns that the remaining structure could collapse.

The cause of the building collapse is still unknown. An engineering firm reviewed the condo tower in 2018, almost three years before it collapsed, and prepared a report which were found to have caused “major structural damage” by poor waterproofing under the building’s pool.

“If the waterproofing is not replaced in the near future, the extent of concrete deterioration will expand exponentially,” the report said.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has llaunched a full investigation into the collapse and gives recommendations for improving building security.

Levine Cava ordered a 30-day audit of buildings in Miami-Dade County that are 40 years or older that are five stories or higher and have not yet completed the recertification process. The county is currently reviewing 14 such buildings and 10 that have recently begun recertification.

Was a condo building in North Miami Beach closed and more than 300 residents evacuated on Friday unsafe structural and electrical conditions were determined after an audit and building inspection report.

Two-bedroom townhouse-style rental in Wallingford 

WALLINGFORD – This sunny townhouse style condominium is available to you as soon as you close it.

It has an eat-in kitchen with oak furniture, Corian countertops, an electric stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and slider to a deck overlooking a lightly wooded back yard.

The main level of this two bedroom, one and a half bath condo also features a spacious living room, while the second level has two spacious bedrooms and a full bath. Both bedrooms have hardwood floors and ceiling fans. The heat is provided by natural gas and a gravity hot air oven that transports the heat up and through the rooms.

The basement is reserved for your laundry room and plenty of storage space, while the garage for one car under the house is equipped with an automatic garage door opener.

This home at 11B Nadia Lane has 1,216 square feet of living space. Landscaping and snow removal are covered by your condo fees. It is located in a pet friendly complex just off South Turnpike Road.

The exterior is maintenance free vinyl siding and it has quick access to Merrit Parkway and downtown.

The list price is $ 209,900 and the final annual tax is $ 3,745.

To schedule an appointment, call Dave Candido at Press / Cuozzo Realtors, 203-288-1900, or email: dcandido@presscuozzo.com.

The world is your oyster on this townhouse-style Hyannis condominium

HYANNIS – If you’ve been wondering what the condos at 615 Main St. are like, you know where the former West End Marketplace and the infamous Guido Murphy’s are, now home to the Seaside Pub on Main and Cape Cod Harley – Davidson located retail store – read on.

The main entrance on Main Street leads you into a secure lobby, from which you will be intercomed. You climb a flight of stairs and a long, hotel-like hallway leads past the entrances to 12 units. This week’s house hunt is number 11, door on the right, and therefore, as an old radio ad from the 80s jokingly put it, all units on this side are “overlooking the lovely Dunkin ‘Donuts parking lot”.

That said, this is perhaps the trendiest place in Hyannis.

Spotlight on the apartment: you enter a wonderfully open floor plan, bathroom and laundry on the left, kitchen on the right. The kitchen is granite with a bar / breakfast nook. White shaker cabinets with brushed nickel and chic industrial-look pendant lights hang over them. These touches create an upscale atmosphere as soon as you enter.

The living space is open, with wooden floors and lots of windows to let in light. A sliding glass door from the open dining area leads to a huge deck. This is the end unit. So enjoy the fact that it has possibly the most space as this deck is the full length of the building and each unit on that side has a common portion of the deck. There’s a lot of history here – this is the same deck that was once upstairs from Guido where after a day of sun on the beach, locals and visitors came to happy hour which totally happened with guys on guitar playing music like ” Brown played “Eyed Girl” and “American Pie”.

Did we mention the townhouse style of this apartment? From the dining area a staircase leads you to the two bedrooms which share a bathroom. This apartment is so surprisingly spacious, comfortable and well equipped, no wonder the owner loved living here. While in the heart of downtown Hyannis, you feel like you’re away from it all – the best of both worlds.

Marina Davalos is a freelance writer who lives in Cotuit. Follow her on Twitter @ Marina_Davalos1.

About this house

LOCATION: 615 Main St., No. 11, Hyannis




Cultivation area: 0

UTILITIES: Hot air, central air conditioning, natural gas, tap water


LIST PRICE: $ 314,900


CONTACT: David Leal, Keller Williams Realty, 508-223-7217