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  • A second front of clouds moves quickly over Randall Road from the west Sunday afternoon in St. Charles.

       A second front of clouds moves quickly over Randall Road from the west Sunday afternoon in St. Charles.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Cars drive through flooded streets at Smith Street and Colfax Street in Palatine as strong storms affected Chicago and the suburban area Sunday causing flooding problems and tornadoes to form south of Chicago. The Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field was delayed until the storms passed.

       Cars drive through flooded streets at Smith Street and Colfax Street in Palatine as strong storms affected Chicago and the suburban area Sunday causing flooding problems and tornadoes to form south of Chicago. The Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field was delayed until the storms passed.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Tom Beebe of Palatine rushes to get out of the rain in downtown Palatine as strong storms affected Chicago and the suburban area Sunday causing streets to flood and tornadoes to form south of Chicago. The Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field was delayed until the storms passed.

       Tom Beebe of Palatine rushes to get out of the rain in downtown Palatine as strong storms affected Chicago and the suburban area Sunday causing streets to flood and tornadoes to form south of Chicago. The Chicago Bears game at Soldier Field was delayed until the storms passed.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • A couple huddles under an umbrella in downtown St. Charles Sunday afternoon.

       A couple huddles under an umbrella in downtown St. Charles Sunday afternoon.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Cars slowly make their way through the flooded underpass on Washing Street under the railroad tracks in Naperville, Sunday.

       Cars slowly make their way through the flooded underpass on Washing Street under the railroad tracks in Naperville, Sunday.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • A shopper in Naperville uses an umbrella to keep from the heavy rains, Sunday.

       A shopper in Naperville uses an umbrella to keep from the heavy rains, Sunday.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • The eastern sky turns a cloudy blue over St. Charles Sunday afternoon.

       The eastern sky turns a cloudy blue over St. Charles Sunday afternoon.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Fans head for the exits as the Bears game is delayed due to dangerous weather Sunday in Chicago.

      Fans head for the exits as the Bears game is delayed due to dangerous weather Sunday in Chicago.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Fans watch the downpour from cover after the Bears game was delayed due to dangerous weather Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.

      Fans watch the downpour from cover after the Bears game was delayed due to dangerous weather Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • The stands empty and field personnel head through the tunnel as Sunday's Bears game is delayed in Chicago.

      The stands empty and field personnel head through the tunnel as Sunday's Bears game is delayed in Chicago.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • A Washington homeowner moves debris next to a set of stairs that once lead to the second floor of his home in Washington, Ill., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.

      A Washington homeowner moves debris next to a set of stairs that once lead to the second floor of his home in Washington, Ill., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • East Peoria resident Billy Vestal evacuates with his daughter, Lillian Vestal, 3, after a tornado damaged the area near Chestnut Road in East Peoria, Il., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter

      East Peoria resident Billy Vestal evacuates with his daughter, Lillian Vestal, 3, after a tornado damaged the area near Chestnut Road in East Peoria, Il., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter
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  • Washington, Ill., firefighters stand in the middle of Devonshire Street on the North side of Washington, Ill., after a tornado leveled at least fifty homes, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. High winds that followed the tornado are causing danger as homeowners and emergency workers try to search homes.

      Washington, Ill., firefighters stand in the middle of Devonshire Street on the North side of Washington, Ill., after a tornado leveled at least fifty homes, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. High winds that followed the tornado are causing danger as homeowners and emergency workers try to search homes.
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  • An Ameren Illinois worker walks past homes looking for gas and electrical hazards in Washington, Ill., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.

      An Ameren Illinois worker walks past homes looking for gas and electrical hazards in Washington, Ill., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • A mattress is wrapped around a stripped tree in Washington, Ill., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.

      A mattress is wrapped around a stripped tree in Washington, Ill., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • Josh Ramsey recovers items from a house of a family friend after a tornado left a path of devastation through the north end of Pekin, Ill., hitting right about noon Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.

      Josh Ramsey recovers items from a house of a family friend after a tornado left a path of devastation through the north end of Pekin, Ill., hitting right about noon Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • Aimee Royer holds a dog she rescued from debris after a Sunday morning tornado sliced through a subdivision on the North side of Washington, Ill., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Royer and her friend, Kendra Gray, at right, said their home was spared. Several homes are cleared down to the foundation. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.

      Aimee Royer holds a dog she rescued from debris after a Sunday morning tornado sliced through a subdivision on the North side of Washington, Ill., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Royer and her friend, Kendra Gray, at right, said their home was spared. Several homes are cleared down to the foundation. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • Ray Baughman embraces family shortly after his home was destroyed by a tornado that left a path of devastation through the north end of Pekin, Il., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.

      Ray Baughman embraces family shortly after his home was destroyed by a tornado that left a path of devastation through the north end of Pekin, Il., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • Shirley Wolf says she hung on to her dog Sammy for dear life as a tornado destroyed her home at 306 Delshire in Pekin, Il., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.

      Shirley Wolf says she hung on to her dog Sammy for dear life as a tornado destroyed her home at 306 Delshire in Pekin, Il., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • Chuck Phillips looks out at the destruction that tore off part of his roof and left houses around him destroyed after a tornado left a path of devastation through the north end of Pekin, Il., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.

      Chuck Phillips looks out at the destruction that tore off part of his roof and left houses around him destroyed after a tornado left a path of devastation through the north end of Pekin, Il., Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • A view of part of Washington, Ill. is seen Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 after a tornado moved through the area. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter and even prompting officials at Soldier Field in Chicago to evacuate the stands and delay the Bears game.

      A view of part of Washington, Ill. is seen Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 after a tornado moved through the area. Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities while sending people to their basements for shelter and even prompting officials at Soldier Field in Chicago to evacuate the stands and delay the Bears game.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

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