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14-year-old girl electrocuted after touching downed power lines during Monday storms

Elizabeth Jacobsen's death is the second severe weather-related death from Monday's storms that rolled through northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

MONROE, Mich. — A 14-year-old girl was electrocuted and died Monday night in Monroe County after coming into contact with downed power lines following severe weather.

At 7:41 p.m., Monroe Public Safety Department crews responded to the 1400 block of Peters Street in Monroe, Mich. There, they located the girl still in contact with the energized electrical lines, which fell due to high winds from a thunderstorm.

DTE Energy crews were contacted and disconnected the lines so crews could attend to the victim, who was identified by her mother as Elizabeth Jacobsen. According to a Facebook post from the Monroe Public Safety Department, "it was obvious that she had succumbed to her injuries."

The post also said Elizabeth was walking with a friend in the neighborhood when the two thought they smelled a bonfire. Elizabeth reached for what she thought was a stick, and turned out to be the charged electrical line.

Monroe police chaplains are providing support for her family. She lived near the scene.

Also Monday, a woman was killed in south Toledo after she was crushed by a falling tree. Severe thunderstorms moved through northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan between 6 and 7 p.m.

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