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PICS: Death Toll From Midwest Tornadoes Reaches 8

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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. 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.

Death toll from Midwest tornadoes reaches 8

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.

Detroit police Officer Dan Donakowski says a 14-year-old boy was pronounced dead at a hospital after grabbing a downed power line Monday morning. He was walking home from a school that was closed due to power outages. Donakowski didn't provide the boy's name.

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 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.

Mayor: Hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed

The mayor of Washington, Ill., estimates that up to 500 homes in his town were either damaged or destroyed by a wave of fierce storms that brought damaging winds and tornadoes to 12 states yesterday.

Mayor Gary Manier says, "Everybody's without power, but some people are without everything." Standing in the parking lot of a destroyed auto parts store, and near a row of flattened homes, he said, "How people survived is beyond me."

At least six people in Illinois were killed and dozens more injured.

Some roads are still impassible, and communication is spotty in some of the areas hit by the tornadoes and powerful thunderstorms. And it's possible that the number of deaths and injuries from the storms will increase today. The governor of Illinois has declared seven counties disaster areas.

An 80-year-old man and his 78-year-old sister were killed by a tornado that hit their farmhouse near the rural southern Illinois community of New Minden. A third person died in the town of Washington, while three others died in Massac County in the far southern part of the state.

The National Weather Service says up to 40 tornadoes could have struck the midwestern part of the U.S. on Sunday.

Storms killed at least six people, injured dozens more and brought damaging winds to at least 12 states, including Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio.

Illinois, where the six deaths occurred, was struck the hardest.

Storms cause death and destruction in Midwest

The death toll is climbing in Illinois as emergency management officials continue to receive reports from the field about the casualties and damage caused by a massive storm system that wreaked havoc across the state.

Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across portions of the Midwest Sunday. They caused extensive damage in several Illinois communities, killing at least five people, injuring dozens more and prompting officials at Chicago's Soldier Field to evacuate the stands and delay the Bears game.

In southern Illinois, the Washington County coroner says an elderly man and his sister were killed when a tornado hit their home around noon in the rural community of New Minden. The state's Emergency Management Agency says a third person died in the central Illinois community of Washington and two others perished in Massac county in the far southern part of the state.

With communications difficult and many roads impassable, it remains unclear how many people were killed or hurt by the string of tornadoes.

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