At least 3 dead in Illinois as tornadoes, thunderstorms pound Midwest

Raw: Cloud formation in Braidwood
Source: WGN – Chicago

(Chicago, IL) Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, killing at least three people and injuring several others in central Illinois communities, where the powerful winds uprooted trees, flipped over vehicles and flattened buildings.

The storms sent people across the region scrambling for shelter and even prompted officials at Chicago’s Soldier Field to evacuate the stands and delay the Bears game.

Mark Styninger, the coroner of Washington County in Illinois, said an elderly man and his sister were killed around noon when a tornado hit their home in the rural community of New Minden.

A third person was killed in the central Illinois town of Washington, said Melanie Arnold of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. She did not have any details about the victim.

Around 30 people were injured in the town of Washington and nearby East Peoria, said Police Chief Brian Fengel at the Bartonville Police Department. He said the exact number and extent of injuries were not yet known.

For more on this story and updated details go to http://www.cbsnews.com

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