Sunday 25 February 2018

'Very dangerous' storm puts 53m at risk in US Midwest

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 5: The sculpture
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 5: The sculpture "Cloud Gate", commonly known as "the bean," is covered in snow on March 5, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The worst winter storm of the season is expected to dump 7-10 inches of snow on the Chicago area with the worst expected for the evening commute. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images) ***BESTOF2013***

A fast-moving weather system was threatening 53 million people in the US Midwest today, with one tornado touchdown reported and the potential for dangerous winds and thunderstorms across 10 states, weather officials said.

"We obviously have a very dangerous situation on our hands and it's just getting started," Laura Furgione, deputy director of the National Weather Service, told reporters in a conference call.

A large tornado touched down outside Peoria, Illinois, on Sunday as an expansive storm threatened parts of the Midwest, U.S. meteorologists said.

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