Nationals-Cardinals start delayed by weather

The start of the Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals

game set for Tuesday night was delayed because of a severe storm

that set off a tornado siren.

The Cardinals made an announcement about 20 minutes before the

scheduled first pitch that it would not begin on time.

Heavy rain reached Busch Stadium about 20 minutes after the

scheduled 7:15 p.m. CST start. Hail came down so hard some small

cubes pounded through the roof and into a back aisle of the press

box.

Thousands of fans stayed in their seats even after a tornado

warning siren sounded, then sprinted up the aisles to relative

safety.

Despite the forecast, the grounds crew watered the field right

before the storm’s anticipated arrival, then rolled out the

tarp.

By 9 p.m., with rain still coming down, the temperature had

dropped about 20 degrees to 62.