St. Louis child killed by wave on Alabama coast identified

Nolan McCabe

Fort Morgan, AL - A 10-year-old boy from St. Louis Missouri died Wednesday after a log struck him outside a beachfront condo in Fort Morgan, Alabama, the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office said.  The victim has been identified as Nolan McCabe. He was going to be a fifth grade student at Wohlwend Elementary School. An autopsy is planned Thursday. The child’s father is identified as Joshua McCabe.

"The boy's father was outside but several feet away attending other children and noticed a huge wave was coming ashore heading toward the log and his son," Capt. S.K. Arthur said in a statement. "The wave hit the log knocking the log into and over his son."

Parts of southern Alabama, southern Mississippi, southeastern Louisiana and western portions of the Florida Panhandle already have seen streets covered in up to 3 feet of water.

To reduce the chances of flash flooding, the Tennessee Valley Authority lowered levels in nine lakes, the agency said. The lakes are Fort Loudoun, Watts Bar, Chickamauga, Nickajack, Guntersville, Wheeler, Wilson, Pickwick and Kentucky.

In Texas, the Coast Guard reported rescuing a shrimp trawler with a crew of four that was taking on water about 80 miles outside Galveston.

A helicopter crew lowered a pump to the ship, which the trawler crew used to keep the boat from sinking, the Coast Guard said. The ship made it safely to port Wednesday morning.

Cindy is the second tropical storm to form during the Atlantic hurricane season, which began June 1. It's the third storm of the season, which got an early start with Tropical Storm Arlene in April.