The death toll from a Florida condo collapse has risen to 22, and officials are bracing for a hurricane.

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The finding of two remains on Friday increased the death toll from a collapsed beachside condo in South Florida to 22, according to local police.

On the ninth day of the search, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava refused to comment on the two recoveries.

Among those found overnight Thursday were the remains of a 7-year-old daughter of a City of Miami Fire-Rescue member. Chief Joseph Zahralban stated that members of the department’s urban search and rescue squad discovered her remains on Thursday night.

The girl’s father wasn’t involved in search efforts, and firefighters called him over to the scene after they found her, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Alan Cominsky told reporters, according to CNN.

“When we come across an individual, you know, obviously we pay our respect, we have a process,” he said.

Details about the second body recovered Thursday night weren’t revealed, The Miami Herald reported.

A portion of Champlain Towers South collapsed June 24 in Surfside, Fla., just north of Miami. The number of those still unaccounted for has been reduced to 128.

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Recovery efforts halted temporarily Thursday after officials became concerned that the rubble and remaining standing portion of the condo were unstable. They resumed later in the evening, but local officials were keeping an eye to the south, where Hurricane Elsa has formed and is forecast to make landfall in South Florida early next week.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett suggested demolishing the rest of the standing building before the storm arrives.

“I think it would be better … to push it in the direction we want as opposed to the storm demolishes it and pushes it in a direction we don’t want,” he told reporters Friday.

Levine Cava, though, told the Herald that she’s been advised that such a timeframe for demolition isn’t possible.

“We are proceeding quickly, but we cannot bring that building down without a very, very careful demolition plan,” she said.

In an afternoon news conference, she said she signed an order authorizing the demolition of the building, though she didn’t reveal a timeline.


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