Chicago area, Midwest face ‘nasty’ weather, tornadoes

(CNN) — Severe weather erupted throughout the Midwest on Sunday afternoon, with tornadoes tearing through several cities and a storm forcing fans to evacuate the stands during an NFL game.

“It was complete destruction,” said Anthony Khoury, who lives in Washington, Illinois. “There are people in the streets crying.”

At least three people died in Illinois as a result of the severe storms, said Jonathon Monken, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

In two communities, storms destroyed at least 70 homes, he said. Rescuers were trying to reach people trapped in their basements. One hospital in Peoria was treating 37 patients with injuries.

More than 60 tornadoes had been reported throughout the region as of 5:10 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

As a tornado neared his home, Khoury prayed and recorded a video of the dark twister churning toward him.

“The tornado happened in my backyard, and you can hear people screaming,” he told CNN’s iReport. “We were freaking out.”

Chicago area, Midwest face ‘nasty’ weather, tornadoes

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