Tropical Storm Elsa, Currently Impacting Surfside, Could Bring Strong Winds, Heavy Rain to NJ

Tropical Storm Elsa – the system hampering rescue efforts at the site of the condo building in Surfside, Florida – could impact New Jersey Thursday night into Friday as it sweeps up the eastern seaboard. 

According to the National Weather Service, the storm is currently forecast to remain mostly offshore but could still bring heavy rain and dangerous wind gusts to the Jersey Shore, as well as the possibility of isolated tornadoes.

Surfside mayor Charles Burkett said that rescue efforts at the site of the building collapse will continue as long as possible, with no expectation of there being more than a temporary stop in search and rescue efforts due to the storm.

“The work goes on. 100% full speed, full power. No delays, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, until we pull everybody out of that rubble and reunite them with their families,” Burkett said.

Crews have reportedly removed 124 tons of debris from the site, but lightning and thunderstorms, including at least one tornado warning, have forced them to stop at times.

As of Tuesday morning, rescue teams had sadly recovered 32 bodies from the wreckage of Champlain Towers East, and another 113 are missing, including a Lakewood couple.

Benny and Malky Weisz, who live in Coventry Square, have not been heard from since the building collapse 13 days ago. The couple were visiting Malky’s father, Chaim Rosenberg, at his condo, which he had just recently moved into.

The people publicly confirmed to have been killed in the collapse are:

  • Michael David Altman, 50
  • Tzvi Ainsworth, 68
  • Itty Ainsworth, 66
  • Luis Bermudez, 26
  • Claudio Bonnefoy, 85
  • Maria Obias-Bonnefoy, 69
  • Graciela Cattarossi, 48
  • Stella Cattarossi, 7
  • Christina Beatriz Elvir, 74
  • Bonnie Epstein, 56
  • David Epstein, 58
  • Magaly Elena Delgado, 80
  • Stacie Dawn Fang, 54
  • Emma Guara, 4
  • Lucia Guara, 10
  • Marcus Joseph Guara, 52
  • Andreas Giannitsopoulous, 21
  • Frank Kleiman, 55
  • Antonio Lozano, 83
  • Gladys Lozano, 79
  • Manuel LaFont, 54
  • Leon Oliwkowicz, 80
  • Anna Ortiz, 46
  • Hilda Noriega, 92
  • Anaely Rodriguez, 42
  • Gonzalo Torre, 81


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