WHAM13 - Search Results
Severe weather slams Midwest
Chicago (AP) - There are reports of damage in several Illinois communities as intense thunderstorms and tornadoes sweep across the Midwest.
The central Illinois community of Washington appears particularly hard-hit. A state official says emergency crews raced to the area amid reports that people were trapped in buildings. But Patti Thompson of the Illinois Department of Emergency Management says communications are spotty and it's difficult to get information from the scene.
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.
A county coroner says two people were killed when a tornado hit their home in rural southern Illinois.
Washington County coroner, Mark Styninger, said the elderly man and his sister died Sunday afternoon in their farmhouse in the town of New Minden, about 50 miles southeast of St. Louis.
The storm that struck New Minden was part of a series of intense thunderstorms and tornadoes that swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities.
Bad weather also caused officials at Soldier Field in Chicago to evacuate the stands and suspend the Bears game against the Baltimore Ravens.
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."