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Death toll rises to 86 at Surfside condo collapse

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(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The death toll from the Surfside condo that collapsed on June 24th is now at 86 as of Saturday. 

Recovery efforts were briefly halted after a lightning strike, officials said.

However, search teams have been recovering victims more quickly now that a portion of the tower that remained standing was demolished and is no longer a threat to collapse, according to Florida Fire Marshall and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis.

By Saturday morning, the toll reached 86 after more victims were recovered from the rubble, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said during a news conference.