A massive midwest tornado swept across a number of states today as authorities scrambled to relay information to people, including fans on their way to NFL games.
The National Weather Service said that tornadoes have affected a few areas in Illinois. In Chicago, fans watching the Bears game were evacuated from the stands at around midday.
Laura Furgione, the deputy director of the National Weather Service National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said: “Our primary message is this is a dangerous weathers system that has the potential to be extremely deadly and destructive. Get ready now.”
East Peoria in Illinois was badly hit by the midwest tornado as it moved at speeds of 60 mph northeast. Russell Schneider from the Storm Prediction Center said: “This is a very dangerous situation. Approximately 53 million in 10 states are at significant risk for thunderstorms and tornados.”
Another weather service meteorologist, Matt Friedlein, also spoke about the need for vigilance from the public for the midwest tornado:
“People can fall into complacency because they don’t see severe weather and tornados, but we do stress that they should keep a vigilant eye on the weather and have a means to hear a tornado warning because things can change very quickly,” he said.
Throughout Sunday the states most at risk from tornado damage are: Parts of Illinois, Indiana, southern Michigan and western Ohio.
Many of the expected storms were expected to turn into supercells which have the potential to produce large hailstones and very strong winds.
In McHenry County, north of Chicago, funnel clouds were also spotted today in the morning, dropping out of the clouds before disappearing again. None of them actually touched the ground as of yet and no serious damage was reported.
It remains to be seen what other havoc the midwest tornado and acute weather conditions will wreak on the area; more than 50 million people find themselves in danger from the storm.