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Death Toll From Midwest Storms Reaches 8

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WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Residents and firefighters sort through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, IL – NOVEMBER 17: Residents and firefighters sort through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Officials have confirmed two storm-related deaths in Michigan, raising to eight the toll from the heavy rain, powerful winds and tornadoes that formed across the region.

The Shiawassee County sheriff’s department says 59-year-old Philip Daniel Smith of Perry in central Michigan was found dead and entangled in high-voltage power wires after going outside late Sunday to investigate a noise.

Also in central Michigan, Jackson County Sheriff Steven Rand says 21-year-old Ryan Allan Rickman of Leslie died when his vehicle was crushed by a fallen tree Sunday evening.

A band of storms moved across the Midwest on Sunday, unleashing powerful winds that flattened homes and left cars, trees and belongings strewn across neighborhoods. Officials said the storms also killed six people and injured as many as 200 in Illinois, where scores of homes were leveled.

Meantime, in Detroit, police said a 14-year-old boy was critically injured after coming in contact with a downed power line while walking home after his school was closed due to a blackout. A hospital spokeswoman said the boy was in critical condition Monday afternoon.

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