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Live: Tornado Touches Down in Central Illinois

Dramatic 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.

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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.

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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James Mr'b Bennetts

Hi, im from Cornwall in the UK, i would like to say we are thinking of you all over there. I don't know if anyone could provide me with some information, my nephew is working on a farm around Dyersville Iowa and no one has heard from him since the storm has struck. The family are extremely worried, i am hoping its just communications are down in that area, could anyone confirm this or the level of damage in that area.
Ragards James

November 18 2013 at 4:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Tornado Washington, Illinois kill six
photo and video

November 18 2013 at 3:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dennis Webb

There will be government money involved in the cleanup. What's wrong with that? Nothing. You tough-talkers are just blowhards.

November 17 2013 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Randal Huddleston

interesting there was NO warning of any kind over the internet

November 17 2013 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary Cornwell-Blythe

We are in the middle of all the chaos....my town was spared but towns all around us are devastated. My daughter teaches in Washington Illinois and is still desperately trying to hear from four of her families. My son-in-law is trying to hear from family in Gifford, Illinois and my youngest daughters is with her fiancee at his Opa's farm trying to determine damage.....he lives outside of Gifford......the radio is reporting 1 fatality so far and 8 critically injured.....what the national news isn't reporting is that we are an area made up of small farming communities. We are all inter-connected, we all know one another or know someone who is impacted.......while our government and stations like CNN, MSNBC etc are worried about the Phillipinnes we stick together. All over central Illinois are people of all ages loading up blankets, port-a-cribs, air-mattresses, clothes, shoes, diapers, prepared meals and food to prepare with later, even toys and books.....we are loading them in pick-up trucks and miinivans....I have NEVER seen a disaster, be it a tornado or a house fire where the residents of our communities didn't band together and help each other out......our Facebook pages and twitter feeds are filled with those unaffected by the storm opening up their homes for showers, meals and places to stay.......I am looking at Washington Illinois on CNN right now....my daughter and her husband are there now looking for the children in her class, to hug them, give them toys and just let them know that they are not alone......my youngest is in Gifford, hit just as hard.......my second oldest daughter is in Gifford as well with her family (hubby and sons aged 10 and 6) to help friends and family who have lost all.......we are gathering more toys and books for little ones, clothes and shoes..........it is what we do.....because we are not going to wait for others to do for us.....it is what makes America great.....

November 17 2013 at 5:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I bet they send no help there because it happen here we the people always get screwed

November 17 2013 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Something is definately not right,this matrix we live in is shifting and taking us along with it , winds are so much more violent than what I remember growing up, i guess those aliens really want to destroy us,, up to now it was slow now it is like they dont have enough time and they are making the weather patterns become more violent to hurt as many of us as they can cause they hate human kind. I mean look at clouds and the cells they form, before rain falls. I sware , there are space ships causing all storms and tornadoes.. they look like they are hiding in those storm clouds and when lightening strikes, it so looks like it is being directed from those ships .. so do the tornadoes, look at the way they know where they are going, it is almost like they have a mind of thier own or could it be that they are being controlled at what they want to hit..its scary...

November 17 2013 at 5:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

global warming my butt, can anyone see the hand of God here,thats his Listen to me folks, hear me roar

November 17 2013 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If thats Chicago it don't look any different than before the storm hit

November 17 2013 at 5:11 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Yea it's a shame are government can't afford to send help or money it's all tied up in the Philippines their more important then our countries problem . We have to wait for another debit to pass and if your lucky Micheal might save some money for us after all her vacation spending

November 17 2013 at 5:09 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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