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    Strong Winds Collapse Tent in St. Louis, Killing One Person

    By Vickie Frantz, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    May 02, 2012, 7:36:04 AM EDT

    A thunderstorm containing heavy rain, strong winds and hail left one person dead and as many as 100 others injured when a party tent and chairs were uprooted by a wind gust in St. Louis, Mo., Saturday.

    The tent was part of a beer garden setup next to Kilroy's Sports Bar in St. Louis, Mo. At least 100 people were under the tent when a gust of wind caused it to collapse, Abcnews.go.com reported.

    Emergency workers with the St. Louis Fire Department transported 17 people to a local hospital. Five of the injured people were considered to be in "critical condition" and one fatality was confirmed. At least 11 other injured people arrived at the hospital as walk-ins. Other injuries were treated at the scene.

    The deceased man is believed to have suffered a heart attack.

    Multiple rounds of severe thunderstorms moved through the St. Louis area between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. CST (4 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST). The tent collapsed at about 3:50 p.m. local time.

    "The St. Louis Downtown Airport reported a wind gust of 43 mph close to the time of the collapse," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards. "It's possible the wind gusted to 50 mph or even greater."


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