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UPDATED: Severe thunderstorms threaten Midwest, reports of tornadoes

UPDATED: Severe thunderstorms threaten Midwest, reports of tornadoes

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CHICAGO (AP) -- The National Weather Service says tornadoes have touched down in several Illinois communities, as intense thunderstorms sweep across parts of the Midwest.

There are reports of property damage in the small central Illinois community of Washington.

In Chicago, the Bears' game against the Baltimore Ravens is being delayed because of heavy rain and wind.

Play was stopped with just under five minutes left in the first quarter with the ravens leading 10-0 on Sunday. Baltimore's Justin Tucker had just kicked a 52-yard field goal when fans were ordered to seek cover.

Players stayed on the sideline for a few minutes before heading to the locker room.

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CHICAGO (AP) -- A number of Midwestern states are awakening to the threat of a high risk of severe thunderstorms.

The National Weather Service says parts of Illinois, Indiana, southern Michigan and western Ohio are at the greatest risk of seeing tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds Sunday.

The agency says strong winds and atmospheric instability will sweep across the central Plaines during the day before pushing into the Mid-Atlantic states and northeast by evening.

It says the potential for strong and long-track tornadoes will center on the Ohio valley and adjacent Midwestern states.

Many of the storms are expected to become super cells, with the potential to produce tornadoes, large hail and destructive winds.

The weather service says local and state authorities are monitoring the weather.

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