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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  Candles and flowers are spread across the patio of Kilroy’s bar, and a sign on the door says it’s closed following the tragic events of Saturday.

St. Louis Building Commissioner Frank Oswald, meanwhile, wonders why people who were trying to get out of the sudden rainstorm weren’t put in the obviously more stable building, instead of the temporary tent.

“It’s important that people are aware of the weather situation,” Oswald said. “These are temporary structures, they’re certainly not designed by any stretch of the imagination to handle a severe weather event like this.”

Still, he says the tent should have been able to withstand 90 miles-per-hour winds, with Saturday’s topping out between 50 and 60 mph.

The man who died Saturday has been identified as 58-year-old Al Goodman of Waterloo, Illinois.

Nine people remain hospitalized, two in the intensive care unit.

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