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Colorado Man, 34 Cows Killed By Lightning Strike

FILE - In this May 31, 2013 file photo, a tornado forms near Banner Road and Praire Circle in El Reno, Okla. Longtime storm chasers Tim Samaras, his son Paul and colleague Carl Young were killed Friday when a powerful tornado near El Reno, Okla., turned on them as they were conducting research. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)

A 51-year-old man and almost three dozen cows were struck and killed by lightning in Northern Colorado on Saturday afternoon, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said on Sunday.

The Jackson County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Mike Morgan and said 34 of his cows were also killed in that strike.

A sheriff’s office spokeswoman said Morgan was killed while feeding his cattle in the town of Rand, about 120 miles northwest of Denver.

“Our deepest condolences go out to family and friends during this difficult time,” Jackson County Sherriff Jarrod Poley said in a statement.

Deadly lightning strikes are extremely rare, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which collects statistics on causes of death.

Between 2006 and 2021, 444 people died from lightning strikes in the United States. Lightning strikes the ground approximately 40 million times each year, but your chance of being struck in any given year is around one in a million and about 90% of people struck by lightning survive, according to the CDC.

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