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Lightning Strike Kills Cattle In Putnam County

Reported by: Send eMail Bob Aaron
Reported: Jun. 25, 2014 4:53 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 25, 2014 7:01 PM EDT
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Putnam Lightning Strike
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A single bolt of lightning wiped out a small herd of cattle in Putnam County Tuesday night.

Toney Craigo found several of his cows dead, after he went check to see if a loud lightning strike had hit his Red House hill barn. He said the animals were huddled under a tree during the ten minute storm. A veterinarian confirmed they were electrocuted.

"What happens is the lightening comes down on the tree, and actually spreads through the tree's root system, electrifying the whole area around it and pretty much caused instant death in five cows and four calves that we're standing under the tree here," Tom McMahon said.

A person standing under the tree would have suffered the same fate. There have been seven lightning deaths in the U.S. this year. June is one of the worst months for fatalities from lightning.



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