Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Storms Blamed for Death of Teen Winds, Rain Sweep Area, Causing Wrecks, Outages

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Storms Blamed for Death of Teen Winds, Rain Sweep Area, Causing Wrecks, Outages

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A 15-year-old boy died Tuesday afternoon after rain-soaked pavement apparently caused the car he was in to slide down an embankment, turn on its side and slam into a rock near Interstate 44 in west St. Louis County.

Tuesday's heavy rain and wind also cut power to thousands of homes in the area. Some homes still might be without power this morning, officials said.

The storm caused dozens of traffic accidents, including two involving school buses in St. Louis, authorities said. No one was injured in those incidents. Gusts of wind, whirling at 60 mph, whipped trees into 90-degree angles, snapped the back off a plane, damaged homes and pushed down wires, cutting power to at least 30,000 homes. The storm then headed northeast, providing the area with a break from heavy rain until the weekend. The area got 0.79 of an inch of rain Tuesday. Cold weather is expected today and Thursday, with low temperatures sinking into the low 30s and highs reaching into the high 40s or low 50s. About 6 inches of snow fell in Kansas City on Tuesday, "and it is not out of the question for the St. Louis area to see snow flurries," said Wes Etheredge, meteorologist with WeatherData Inc., a private forecasting firm. Light showers may sprinkle throughout the week, he said. Heavy rain and winds should return this weekend, when a storm system from the west is expected to hound the area. The fatal accident happened about 1:15 p.m. Witnesses told police that a car with four people was eastbound when it began sliding and spinning on I-44, just east of the Franklin County line. The car ran off the south side of the wet road, authorities said. Killed was Robert Davis of St. Peters. He was wearing a seat belt in the front passenger seat. The three other occupants were taken to St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur with minor injuries. Meanwhile Tuesday, in Clayton and surrounding cities trees fell onto roads and power lines, snarling traffic and cutting electrical service. …

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