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Cow struck and killed by lightning on AL family farm

The Autauga Farming Company in Alabama says one of its cows was struck and killed by lightning during a passing storm on May 15.

The Autauga Farming Company in Alabama says one of its cows was struck and killed by lightning during a passing storm on May 15.

Autauga Farming Company, Inc.

A cow was killed “on the spot” by a lightning strike on a family-owned farm in central Alabama, the family said.

The family was wrapping up a get-together on Sunday, May 15, during which it had been raining with some thunder, the Autauga Farming Company Inc. said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

That’s when a thunderous “BOOM” rang out and a relative “looked up just in time to see one of our cows fall over in the pasture,” they said. No other farm animals were hurt.

The bovine was struck within a hundred yards of the family’s front porch, according to the farm’s post.

“We have never had one hit this close to our home,” the family wrote. “We had a stark and vivid demonstration today of why you don’t want to be outside if lightning could be in the area.”

At least 11 people were reported killed by lightning in the U.S. last year, and Alabama ranked in the top 10 states with the most lightning fatalities between 2010 and 2019, according to the National Weather Service. Experts say no where outside is safe when a storm rolls through, so “when thunder roars, go indoors.”

Autauga County is about 20 miles northwest of Montgomery.

This story was originally published May 16, 2022 1:38 PM.

Tanasia is a national Real-Time reporter based in Atlanta covering news across Georgia, Mississippi and the southeastern U.S. Her sub-beat is retail and consumer news. She’s an alumna of Kennesaw State University and joined McClatchy in 2020.

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