(CHICAGO) — Severe weather is pounding the Midwest from Missouri to Michigan, including reports of tornadoes in central Illinois.
Tornado warnings are in effect for southern LaSalle county after a twister touched down in the nearby city of Washington. Storm Prediction Center meteorologist Corey Mead said the storm is moving northeast at about 50 or 55 miles per hour.
In Chicago, emergency management officials have activated tornado sirens.
While the wave of storms pass through, flights from O’Hare and Midway airports are temporarily grounded, and the Chicago Bears home football game against the Baltimore Ravens has been suspended.
ABC’s Jim Rose at Chicago’s Soldier Field said, “It’s raining very, very hard here right now, the winds are blowing, there’s are few dark clouds.”
ABC’s Diane Pathieu, also at Chicago’s Soldier Field, reports that fans are being told to find cover.
“They’re clearing the stadium for a precautionary measure. They’re ordering everybody to get to cover, to get to an interior concourse, and try and stay safe,” Pathieu said.
ABC News reports that 60,000 people who were inside the stadium were evacuated to safety in shelter areas.
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