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Rescue workers search the rubble of the Champlain Tower in Surfside, Florida, on July 5. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui Trinkl/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Florida rescuers were battling strong winds during their search through the rubble of the collapsed Surfside condo as Tropical Storm Elsa neared the state overnight, after finding four more bodies at the site Monday.

What's happening: Maggie Castro, a firefighter and paramedic with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, said: "We know that with every day that goes by, it is harder to see a miracle happening," per AP.

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The big picture: The confirmed death toll stands at 28 with 117 people still unaccounted for from the June 24 partial collapse at Champlain Towers South.

  • The search was paused over the weekend so a controlled demolition using explosives could bring down the remains of the building north of Miami Beach.
  • President Biden has made an emergency declaration for Florida to assist with additional federal funding for debris removal and other measures.

Of note: The definitive cause of the collapse is still unknown, but the president of the building's condominium association warned three months before the disaster that damage highlighted in a 2018 engineer's report had "gotten significantly worse."

In photos: Scenes from the Surfside condo demolition
Debris from the demolition on July 4. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Smoke and dust linger after the pulling down of the remaining part of Champlain Towers South. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
A man covers his face from dust after the demolition of the wreckage of the tower on July 4. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images
A woman holding candles cries as she watches the rest of the Champlain South Tower being demolished on July 4. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images
People cover their faces in a cloud of dust after watching the rest of the tower being demolished on July 4. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images
People watch a cloud of dust after the remains of the have been demolished on July 4. Photo: Chandan KhannaAFP via Getty Images
First responders at the demolition scene on July 4. Photo: Chandan KhannaAFP via Getty Images
The remaining part of the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building falling on July 4. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
The building falls on July 4. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
The controlled demolition of the remaining part of the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building begins on July 4. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Go deeper: Remembering the victims of the Surfside condo collapse

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Southern California beaches reopen, as oil spill cleanup continues

Oil spill cleanup workers search for contaminated sand and seaweed at Huntington Beach in California on Oct. 9. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A Southern California coastal area closed since one of the largest oil spills in the state's recent history struck over a week ago reopened Monday, as cleanup efforts continue.

The latest: Huntington Beach's reopening Monday came sooner than many expected, after water quality tests came back with no detectable levels of oil associated toxins in the ocean water, AP reports.

The biggest headline from Biden's town hall

President Biden greets attendees during a commercial break in Baltimore last night. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

What matters from President Biden's town hall with CNN's Anderson Cooper at Baltimore Center Stage on Thursday, via Axios night owl Hans Nichols:

The biggest headline: Biden is jettisoning the corporate tax increases that White House officials have insisted, for the past 10 months, are wildly popular across the country. He admitted he doesn't have the votes.

Trump, your 2024 GOP nominee

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Former President Trump is telling most anyone who'll listen he will run again in 2024 — and poll after poll shows the vast majority of Republicans would gladly cheer him on and vote for him. 

Why it matters: Trump is the heart, soul and undisputed leader of the Republican Party and will easily win the nomination if he wants it, the polls make unmistakably clear.