Thursday, July 20, 2006

Busch Whacked

Thirty people were injured and five were taken to the hospital Wednesday night as a storm ripped through Busch Stadium in St. Louis, delaying the start of the Cardinals/Braves game by more than two hours. Winds topping out at 84 mph blew through the new ballpark just before the first pitch, tearing parts of the field tarp and ripping sheeting in the press box. According to a report on the Cardinals' Web site, a FOX studio was tipped over by and demolished by the wind. Tornado warnings were given for three St. Louis-area counties and more than 450,000 residents lost power, a report in Thursday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch said. The metropolitan's utility provider is working to restore power to residents' as quickly as possible if for no other reason than to allow residents to crank up their air conditioners. The heat index is expected to hit 100 degrees there Thursday.

Check out the St. Louis Post Dispatch's storm gallery.

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