System That Devastated Midwest Heads Toward East Coast

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A weather system that spawned deadly tornadoes in the Midwest could create problems for commuters in the Tri-State Area on Monday morning.

As CBS 2 meteorologist Elise Finch reported, the metropolitan area could experience severe weather with strong wind gusts before 7 a.m.

“It is a weakened system, still capable, though, of producing some severe thunderstorms,” Finch said at on Sunday’s 11 p.m. newscast.

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Tomorrow’s high is expected to be in the mid-60s.

Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across the Midwest on Sunday, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities, killing at least three people and prompting officials at Chicago’s Soldier Field to evacuate the stands and delay the Bears game.

In southern Illinois, the Washington County coroner says an elderly man and his sister were killed when a tornado hit their home around noon in the rural community of New Minden. And an Illinois Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman says a third person died in Washington.

With communications difficult and many roads impassable, it remains unclear how many people were killed or hurt by the string of tornadoes. The Illinois National Guard says it has dispatched 10 firefighters and three vehicles to Washington to assist with immediate search and recovery operations.

About 90 minutes after the tornado destroyed homes in Washington, the storm darkened downtown Chicago. As the rain and high winds slammed into the area, officials at Soldier Field evacuated the stands and ordered the Bears and Baltimore Ravens off the field. The game resumed after about a two-hour delay.

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