As a particularly dangerous situation developed in the Midwest on Sunday, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes erupted across the region.
As of Sunday morning, funnel clouds were reported near Hebron, Ill., by a NWS trained spotter, a tornado was indicated by radar near Pell Lake, Wisc., and another tornado south of Peoria, Ill.
By Sunday afternoon, tornadoes were confirmed in the Chicago suburb of Frankfort, in Peoria and Roanoke, Ill. There were also reports by NWS spotters of tornado touchdowns in Woodford and LaSalle counties in Illinois. Additionally, law enforcement sighted a tornado in Braceville, Ill.
Later Sunday evening, more tornadoes were reported across Kentucky and Indiana. Tornadoes were sighted in areas near Lone Oak, Morganfield and Puducah, Ky. In Indiana, Noblesville and Lebanon reported funnel clouds.
In Chicago on Sunday afternoon, the Bears were set to play the Baltimore Ravens but gameplay was halted and fans inside the stadium were asked to seek immediate shelter due to the severe storms.
Winds in the Chicago suburbs gusted up to 75 mph, according to an NWS spotter, as a line of severe thunderstorms passed through Oak Lawn, Ill.
The storm pattern will allow for more tornadoes and thunderstorms through Sunday afternoon, particularly in areas between the lower Great Lakes through the Ohio Valley.
Those in these areas should seek shelter, exercise extreme caution and stay tuned for storm updates from their local weather stations.
Very tiring day! This concludes our chase of the Paducah, KY #tornado. Fast mover, in rain! pic.twitter.com/mrw3MEdtTl— Jason Cooley (@DrTornadoCooley) November 17, 2013
This is what's going on in Illinois for all my Minnesota folk #tornado pic.twitter.com/Dy35IK69dX— James Jant (@OVOXJANT) November 17, 2013
Coal City, IL webcam about 10 minutes ago. #chicago #tornado pic.twitter.com/xVRbq2KkEm— Nate!! ™ (@psunate77) November 17, 2013
At Soldier Field. This is daytime in Chicago right now. Earliest game start here would be 1:25 CT. pic.twitter.com/cB8fnsVwC9— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) November 17, 2013
The clouds over Soldier Field #chicago #bears #storm #tornado #sweet #soldierfield #wow pic.twitter.com/DqoQifowws— Jackson Kulikowski (@Jackson_0987) November 17, 2013
Washington, IL catastrophic damage.. Homes leveled, trees mangled.. #tornado #ilwx #outbreak pic.twitter.com/q17wQaJuXC— Brandon Sullivan (@BTSullivan91) November 17, 2013
Horrid pictures from near Washington/Peoria. Utter destruction here.. #ilwx #tornado #damage pic.twitter.com/wAFzJqJt7e— Brandon Sullivan (@BTSullivan91) November 17, 2013
After the tornado #Peoria #Washington pic.twitter.com/hRwhCEKwQB— Chris Khoury (@ChrisKhoury182) November 17, 2013
#peoria. Tornado hits Pekin pic.twitter.com/rs6KYYRv46— FRED ZWICKY (@f8andbthere2) November 17, 2013
No reports of serious injuries in Pekin so far after tornado. #peoria pic.twitter.com/xNndbK72QV— FRED ZWICKY (@f8andbthere2) November 17, 2013