Storm Death Toll Rises In The Midwest

DETROIT (November 18, 2013) Officials Monday confirmed two storm-related deaths in Michigan, increasing to eight the toll from the heavy rain, powerful winds and tornadoes that formed across the region.

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

Also in central Michigan, Jackson County Sheriff Steven Rand says Ryan Allan Rickman, 21, of Leslie died when a falling tree crushed his vehicle 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 in Illinois.

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