Current events: Tornadoes, severe weather strike Chicago, central Illinois

Servere storms forced Soldier Field to evacuate fans during Sunday's Chicago Bears game. Photo from nydailynews.com

Servere storms forced Soldier Field to evacuate fans during Sunday’s Chicago Bears game.
Photo from nydailynews.com

Please note that the following facts may change as more news becomes available.

Chicago really was the “Windy City” today when a surprise string of severe storms battered the city and produced multiple tornados which destroyed several central Illinois towns.

If you were watching football during today’s weather madness, you probably saw that the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field had been suspended due to massive storms approaching the Chicago area. The stands were then temporarily evacuated due to the severity of the incoming storm.

Weather conditions became so extreme that Bears’ game day blogger Larry Mayer said, “sheets of rain [were] coming down,” and “it [looked] like midnight instead of noon.”

This monstrous November storm spawned about 10 tornadoes throughout the state of Illinois, according to NBC Chicago. The Weather Channel expects this deadly storm to move east, putting cities such as Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Cleveland and Louisville, Ky. at risk.

A tornado rips through Washington, Il. Photo from ABC7 Chicago

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A tornado rips through Washington, Il.
Photo from ABC7 Chicago

While the city of Chicago escaped the worst of the storm’s wrath, other Illinois towns were not so lucky, the worst being in the central part of the state.

The first tornado touchdown was confirmed in the town of East Peoria just before 11 a.m., located about 150 miles southwest of Chicago, NBC Chicago reported. The Weather Channel also confirmed tornadoes in several other Illinois towns:

  • Nashville
  • Coal City
  • Frankfort
  • Washington
  • Brookport

ABC Chicago reported that three people have been confirmed dead from this deadly storm, and 24 people in Peoria were being treated for “storm related injuries.” The total amount of people injured in the state from this storm is still unknown.

In the wake of this storm’s devastating effects, thousands of people have been left without power, including students at the Illinois State University, NBC Chicago reported.

Now that the worst has passed for Illinois, the Illinois National Guard is sending firefighters to the central part of the

Sunday's tornados have destroyed several Illinois' towns Photo from ABC7 Chicago

Sunday’s tornados have destroyed several Illinois’ towns
Photo from ABC7 Chicago

state to search the rubble for survivors and people potentially trapped in buildings, according to NBC Chicago. They also reported that the Red Cross has set up stations in some of the harder hit areas to help tornado victims.

As of about 5 p.m. on Sunday, the Weather Channel reported that the tornado warnings for the Chicago area have expired as the storm heads east. They also warned that residents in Indiana and Ohio prepare for this deadly storm to head their way and to seek shelter now.

Did you experience today’s crazy midwest weather? Please feel free to post any comments or pictures about the storm, but stay safe while doing so!

To stay informed on the latest updates of this destructive storm, be sure to check sites such as NBC Chicago, ABC Chicago, WGN TV or The Weather Channel.

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