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Originally published Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 12:11 PM

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Missouri farmer killed by lightning strike

A Missouri farmer has died after being struck by lightning while checking on his cattle.

The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS —

A Missouri farmer has died after being struck by lightning while checking on his cattle.

Laclede County Emergency Management Director Jonathan Ayres says the farmer was hit by lightning about 9:30 a.m. Thursday but the man's family didn't realize there was a problem until he failed to come back inside about an hour and a half later.

The lightning strike happened in the Phillipsburg area about 175 miles southwest of St. Louis. Strong storms are dumping inches of rain on Missouri, Kansas and Illinois, and flash flood warnings have been issued in parts of all three states.

Ayres says the farmer's name and age aren't being released yet. A cow also was killed in the lightning strike.

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