CHICAGO Emergency crews are checking reports of damage and injuries after severe thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across central Illinois Sunday. An alderman in the community of Washington has told Chicago's WBBM Radio that damage there is extensive and there are "quite a few people hurt."
The National Weather Service says tornadoes touched down East Peoria, Washington, Metamora, Morton and other Illinois communities. Officials couldn't say whether it was one tornado touching down or several.
The stormy weather also interrupted the NFL game in Chicago between the Bears and the Baltimore Ravens. That game has resumed.
Forecasters say it's all part of a dangerous weather system that has the potential to be destructive and deadly.
Russell Schneider, director of the weather service's Storm Prediction Center, says some 53 million people in 10 states are "at significant risk for thunderstorms and tornadoes."
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.