Live: Tornado Touches Down in Central IllinoisDramatic weather hits the Midwest
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, 1:34 p.m. ET
This shot of the aftermath of a tornado touch-down near Peoria, Illinois, was taken by Chris Khoury (@ChrisKhoury182) today, who wrote on Twitter: "After the tornado
A particularly dangerous situation is unfolding across the Midwest where the stage is set for devastating tornadoes.
Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes will continue to erupt, then spread eastward across the lower Great Lakes and Ohio Valley through Sunday afternoon.
The setup will be particularly high for the formation of tornadoes across northern and eastern Illinois, far southeastern Wisconsin, Indiana and southwestern Michigan.
Damaging winds will then spread across the Northeast Sunday night through Monday.
More information on this significant tornado threat can be found in this news story. Read below for the latest update on the unfolding severe weather.
UPDATES: (All times are listed in CST)
11:04 a.m. CST Sunday: "Confirmed damaging tornado in central Illinois," was reported on the National Weather Service's Office in central Illinois.
Confirmed damaging tornado in Central Illinois. This is the real deal folks!- NWS Northern Indiana (@NWSIWX) November 17, 2013
11:03 a.m. CST Sunday: NWS spotter heard from an emergency manager of a brief tornado touchdown near the intersection of Routes 29 and 98, south of Peoria, Ill. The damage is being reported near Peoria.
10:53 a.m. CST Sunday: Radar-indicated tornado passing just south of Peoria, Ill., and tracking toward East Peoria, Ill.
10:42 a.m. CST Sunday: Thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is located near Ashland, Ill., and tracking toward Athens and Greenview, Ill. The thunderstorm is expected to cross I-55, north of Springfield.
10:33 a.m. CST Sunday: "There are no plans to delay [the Bears-Ravens game]," stated the Chicago Bears on their official twitter page. Severe weather still expected to reach Chicago around the start of the game.
10:30 a.m. CST Sunday: Thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is located near Wind Lake, Wis., and headed toward Milwaukee.
10:22 a.m. CST Sunday: Thunderstorms with a history of producing hail are tracking toward areas just to the northwest of Peoria, Ill.
10:20 a.m. CST Sunday: New tornado watch box has been issued for Indiana, southern Michigan and western Ohio. This watch box is in effect until 7 p.m. CST Sunday and includes Indianapolis and Detroit. Click here to view the latest watches and warnings that are in effect.
10:16 a.m. CST Sunday: Another thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is tracking toward Hebron and Richmond, Ill.
9:57 a.m. CST Sunday: Radar-indicated tornado is currently located near Pell Lake, Wis., and heading toward the Wisconsin communities of Bohners Lake and Union Grove.
9:50 a.m. CST Sunday: NWS trained spotter reported a funnel cloud three miles west of Hebron, Ill.
9:34 a.m. CST Sunday: Thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is tracking toward Harvard and Richmond, Ill., which are located to the northwest of Chicago.
9:33 a.m. CST Sunday: Severe weather is beginning to erupt across the Midwest. One severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds is headed toward Dubuque, Iowa.
9:25 a.m. CST Sunday: Law enforcement report that winds gusted to roughly 60 mph and pea-sized hail fell when a thunderstorm crossed New Vienna, Iowa.
9:21 a.m. CST Sunday: The official twitter page of the Chicago Bears states that crews are taking off the field at the Soldier Field in advance of the Bears-Ravens game, but severe weather is still on track to strike Chicago during kickoff or the first half of the game.
8:50 a.m. CST Sunday: The danger level for tornadoes remains high in Chicago for early Sunday afternoon. The severe weather is expected to cross the city during kickoff or the first half of the NFL game between the city's Bears and the Baltimore Ravens.
8:45 a.m. CST Sunday: AccuWeather.com meteorologists discussed the situation and feel that the greatest tornado threat is east of St. Louis. Damaging winds are the primary concern for the city.
8:40 a.m. CST Sunday: A tornado watch has been issued and stretches from St. Louis, Mo., to Davenport, Iowa, to Chicago, Ill. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has declared this a particularly dangerous situation and AccuWeather.com meteorologists agree.
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