IEMA: up to 200 injured after weekend storms
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:44:15 GMT —
Illinois emergency officials say massive storms that killed eight people also injured between 150 and 200 people across the state.
That's according to Jonathon Monken, who is the director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
He spoke in Chicago on Monday morning with Gov. Pat Quinn. Monken adds those figures could change.
Monken says most of the injuries are in the Tazewell County community of Washington, where about 120 people were hurt. Some of the injuries were severe.
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 storm killed three people in southern Illinois near Brookport, along with two people in New Minden.
Another person died in Washington. The Tazewell County Coroner's office on Monday said 51-year-old Steve Neubauer was found dead near his home. The office did not offer details, but confirmed Neubauer's death was a result of the storms that hit the area on Sunday. An autopsy was scheduled for later on Monday.
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.