Over 60 Tornadoes Leave At Least 3 Dead And Dozens Injured In Midwest United States

Over 60 Tornadoes Leave At Least 3 Dead And Dozens Injured In Midwest United States

Tornadoes, damaging storms sweep across Midwest…

Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across the Midwest on Sunday, unleashing powerful winds that flattened entire neighborhoods, flipping over cars, uprooting trees and leaving at least five people dead.

Illinois took the brunt of the fury as the string of unusually powerful late-season tornadoes tore across the state, injuring dozens and even prompting officials at Chicago's Soldier Field to evacuate the stands and delay the Bears game.

"The whole neighborhood's gone. The wall of my fireplace is all that is left of my house," said Michael Perdun, speaking by cellphone from the hard-hit town of Washington, where he said his neighborhood was wiped out in a matter of seconds.

"I stepped outside and I heard it coming. My daughter was already in the basement, so I ran downstairs and grabbed her, crouched in the laundry room and all of a sudden I could see daylight up the stairway and my house was gone."

‘Whole neighborhoods where there’s nothing left’…

A string of tornadoes and severe storms left a trail of damage and flooding through the Midwest Sunday, leveling parts of a town near Peoria, knocking down buildings in Grundy County and prompting Bears fans to scatter for cover as the game at Soldier Field was postponed.

In Washington, in Tazewell County, one person was reported killed and in Nashville east of St. Louis, two elderly siblings were reported killed . Dozens of others were reported injured including at least six who were seriously injured as the tornado spawned warnings through much of Illinois and northern Indiana.

The warnings had expired by 1:30 p.m. for the Chicago area, but wind advisories remained in effect for the Chicago area until 8 p.m.

"There's still some storms that would have potentially gusty winds but the tornado threat looks like it moved off to the southeast," said National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Lenning. "The Chicago area is in much better shape than it was earlier today."

But Lenning cautioned that threats from thunderstorms and heavy winds will continue through the afternoon and evening, with gusts reaching 50 mph.

"There are still thunderstorms out there and even with thunderstorms you get lightning," he said Lenning. "So we are not out of the woods just yet."

Damaging Winds Blast Cleveland, Pittsburgh

After causing destruction in central Illinois, the the severe weather threat continues to shift eastward across the lower Great Lakes and Ohio Valley.

Damage was reported from a large tornado that tracked northeastward away from Peoria, Ill. A tornado was also confirmed in the Chicago's suburb of Frankfort.

At least three people were killed in New Minden, Ill., the Washington County coroner and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency told The Associated Press. Another 50 people have been reported injured in Illinois.

The town of Paducah, Ky., reported major tornado damage as well.

The threat is shifting toward Pittsburgh, Pa., and Buffalo, N.Y., as the storms continue to move eastward.

These storms remain capable of producing torrential downpours, damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes.

With lives and property in danger, residents and visitors should not take this situation lightly and heed all severe weather-related watches and warnings.