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Storm Strikes RV Park, Kills Cattle

Ernie Power, camp host at Silverwood RV Park, cleans up debris Thursday from surrounding trees that blew onto his RV after a storm fell near 100 trees and caused damage to dozens of vehicles Wednesday night. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

John Symons couldn't believe it when a son told him that four of his cows and a calf were killed by lightning Wednesday. “It made me sick to my stomach,” the Hayden-area rancher said Thursday. “A neighbor threw rocks at them and knew they had died when they didn't move. They had dark spots on their bellies from where they were struck.” The cattle deaths, toppled trees that caused widespread damage at Silverwood Theme Park's RV park and many power outages were among the results of the fierce thunderstorm that left areas of Kootenai County recovering on Thursday. Symons' loss of cattle at Hudlow Road and Marble Lane north of Hayden was estimated at $4,500. “That's a lot of money to lose,” Symons said. Symons said the cattle were under a tree that was split by a lightning strike/Brian Walker, Press. More here.

Question: What is the worst storm that you've experienced?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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