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Two Men Killed During Storm Identified; Tornado Confirmed In Erie

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Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pa. pictured here in 2012. Two men were killed during a confirmed tornado in Erie on Sunday night.

Authorities have released the names of two men killed during a storm that weather officials have confirmed spawned a tornado in Pennsylvania.

The National Weather Service said an EF-1 tornado packing winds up to 90 mph struck just after 6 p.m. Sunday in Milcreek Township and the city of Erie. The tornado, one of 10 that touched down in northern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania, traveled for almost two and one-half miles.

About four inches of rain fell around Erie, where officials said a rush of storm water collapsed a wall and spilled about eight feet of water into a home. Scuba divers later recovered bodies identified by the Erie County coroner as 59-year-old Gary Hoffman and 55-year-old Michael Mcgurn. The deaths of the brothers-in-law were ruled accidental drownings.

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