The potential impact of hurricane winds on search and rescue operations in the collapsed Surfside condominium in Florida could lead to further collapse of building structures, construction engineer Richard Slider warned on Friday.
“These systems, or the existing concrete columns and slabs, are already somewhat unstable,” Slider said in an interview with Acesparks’s News with Shepard Smith. “When the wind is affected, if it reaches the region, it will undoubtedly increase the impact on another level and have a great chance for the structure to collapse further.”
Elsa grew up in the Caribbean and became the first hurricane of the season. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday he fears the storm could hit South Florida, halting rescue efforts and knocking down parts of the building that have not yet collapsed.
“It’s possible [Surfside] The area could see tropical storm winds, “DeSantis said. Our Emergency Management Agency predicts this will happen and is making the necessary preparations to protect many devices. You can also hold an event with the building. “
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Kawa told a news conference Friday night that she had signed an emergency order authorizing the demolition of a partially collapsed 12-story condominium building.
Slider said he agreed to demolish the rest of the building and that it was impractical to try to repair the rest of the building.
“One of the problems in our state of Florida was the need to renovate storms, windows and doors,” said the president of Slider Engineering Group Structural and Forensic Engineering. “If you chose to repair it, I don’t think it’s a viable option. You had to upgrade it, and economically, I don’t believe you can do that during that time.”
As of Friday evening, 22 people had been confirmed dead and another 126 were missing.