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Mo. Gov. seeks federal aid for August storms

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is requesting federal assistance for farmers in seven counties hit by strong winds and hail in August.

Nixon on Friday asked for the disaster declaration from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Andrew, Atchison, Gentry, Lafayette, Nodaway, Pettis and Platte counties. It would allow farmers who lost crops or property to get federal assistance.

Severe storms struck from Aug. 18 to Aug. 22. The weather forced some events to be canceled at the Missouri State Fair, which was going on that time. Powerful storms knocked out power and caused scattered damage at the fairgrounds in Sedalia, which is in Pettis County.

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