Almost a rainout and a debris-out in the Mound City
by Bob Timmermann
The Cardinals and Braves game last night in St. Louis was delayed until 9:22 Central time as a severe storm hit the area blowing debris from the adjacent construction into the stadium.
Portable concession stands were flipped, and a 40-pound section sign crashed down. A 60-foot tear in the tarp covering the field allowed water to seep through to the field, further delaying the game even after the storm ended. At least five people were taken from the stadium in ambulances with various injuries. None appeared to be serious.
Water was shin-deep in the dugouts and neck-deep in nearby walkways. Fox Sports had set up a temporary studio but the wind destroyed it, turning over the desk and scattering the lights.
The storm has also knocked out power to over 400,000 people in Missouri and Illinois and may not be restored for a couple of days. Temperatures in the 100s are expected today in St. Louis today. The Cardinals are off today as they are headed to the West Coast. Where it's only going to be in the high 80s and low 90s.