Tornado tears through central Illinois

Fans at Bears/Ravens game forced out of seats

CHICAGO, Ill. - A tornado tore through central Illinois Sunday morning - forcing the fans to evacuate Soldier Field's seating area ahead of the Bears vs. Ravens game, according to the Chicago Bears.

"Confirmed large tornado ON THE GROUND in Dana, everyone in Rutland, Long Point, near Streator take cover IMMEDIATELY!" the National Weather Center in Chicago tweeted at 10:40 a.m. MT.

A half-mile wide tornado was reported one mile north of Altamont, in Effingham County, in south-central Illinois, The Weather Channel tweeted at 11:34 a.m. MT.

Storm Chaser Adam Lucio said he captured a photo of a large tornado near Roanoke, Illinois at about 10 a.m.

Fred Zwicky tweeted a photo of severe damage, with the caption, "#peoria. Tornado hits Pekin." Zwicky's Twitter profile lists his title as Visual News Editor at the Journal Star.

A TV station in Peoria was struck - and the anchors had to evacuate in the middle of the broadcast.

"#Tornado has struck WEEK-TV, the NBC affiliate in Peoria; roof damage reported," The Weather Channel tweeted at 10:50 a.m. MT.

Mobile users can watch the video the anchors evacuating here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiBIFDLfWCY#t=23

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