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Death toll from Midwest tornadoes reaches 8

In this Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 photo released by the Jackson County Sheriffs Department, the vehicle of Ryan Allan Rickman, 21, of Leslie, Mich., is shown after he was killed by a by a fallen tree in Rives Township, Mich., during a storm that ripped through the Midwest. (Photo By The Associated Press)
In this Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 photo released by the Jackson County Sheriffs Department, the vehicle of Ryan Allan Rickman, 21, of Leslie, Mich., is shown after he was killed by a by a fallen tree in Rives Township, Mich., during a storm that ripped through the Midwest. (Photo By The Associated Press)
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Monday, November 18, 2013 12:42 pm
DETROIT — 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 say the storms also killed six people in Illinois.

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