NEW ORLEANS — A 10-year-old boy from Missouri has died on the Alabama coast after being fatally struck by a log that washed ashore during a storm surge from, a sheriff’s captain said.
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Capt. Stephen Arthur said the boy was hit by the debris Friday morning in the Fort Morgan area along the coast. Stephen said witnesses reported the boy was standing outside his family’s condominium when he was struck by the log, washed in by a large wave.
CBS affiliate WKRG-TV reports the boy’s skull was crushed by the log, which caused severe facial injuries. His father and paramedics were unsuccessful in their efforts to resuscitate the boy. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The child’s identity is being withheld pending family notification. An autopsy is pending.
Arthur said the child was vacationing with his family from the St. Louis, Missouri, area.
The National Weather Service has warned everyone to stay out of the water as Cindy approaches the Gulf Coast.
Forecasters say the eye of the storm is expected to go west. Tropical storm warnings remain in effect all the way to Galveston, Texas.
Mississippi and Louisiana are expecting up to a foot of rain. New Orleans could see about four to six inches. Heavy rain could produce life-threatening flash flooding across the coast.
Cindy is expected to make landfall sometime Wednesday night, or early Thursday morning.