MSNBC staff and news service reports,
CHICAGO - A storm front that ripped roofs from buildings, cut power to more than a million people, and forced others to seek shelter at a Major League Baseball game as well as O'Hare Airport was heading east on Tuesday. At least two people died from falling trees.
The National Weather Service said tornadoes touched down in the
By Tuesday afternoon, showers and thunderstorms were scattered from central
The wild front was moving east, with damaging winds and small hail possible in western
The system should reach
Late Monday, the storms set off tornado warnings for downtown
Fans were evacuated from the stands at
'Like a war zone'
The storm also tore roofs and siding from homes at the northern
"It looks like a war zone," Ryfa said.
Falling trees and other debris downed power lines across the
"Damage to ComEd's system is so severe that many customers are likely to be out of service for multiple days," the utility said in a statement. "Before power can be restored, crews must clear trees from wires, replace poles and transformers and string miles of new wire. Downed trees, flooding and traffic problems also are impeding crews' access to electrical equipment."On top of that, the area could see another storm system move in later Tuesday.
At O'Hare International Airport late Monday, travelers were evacuated into the lower levels of the complex's buildings. All flights were temporarily halted, and travelers who had already boarded airplanes were taken off and also were sent to the lower levels as a precaution.
"It was pretty cramped down there, the whole terminal was down there," said George Wickens, of
The storms did not cause any damage or injuries at O'Hare or
Another 100 flights were canceled Monday morning.
Security guards at
"The lightning between the buildings was looking ominous," said Michaela Nelson, 58-year-old singer from
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.