- Rescuers at the site of the Champlain Tower South collapse in Surfside, Florida, may face Hurricane Elsa in coming days.
- Local firefighters said they would keep rescuers on site until the last possible minute.
- Gov. DeSantis said his administration was preparing a potential state of emergency.
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Rescuers at the site of the Champlain Tower South collapse in Surfside, Florida, are preparing for potential impacts as Hurricane Elsa makes its way toward Florida, officials said on Friday.
Elsa strengthened into a hurricane on Friday, and the National Weather Service said its still too early to determine what its impact will be on Florida.
At a press conference on Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis and an official from the National Weather Service said there could be tropical force winds and storm conditions as early as Sunday.
DeSantis said that his administration was preparing a potential state of emergency.
Assistant Miami-Dade fire chief Ray Jadallah, meanwhile, said at a briefing on Friday that rescuers would stay on site until the last possible moment, the Miami Herald reported.
“Even if the hurricane is coming, we’re going to continue working until the safety of the personnel is in question,” he said. “The last thing to move is our personnel.”