Damaging Winds Blast Pittsburgh, Buffalo

By Courtney Spamer, Meteorologist
November 17, 2013; 8:14 PM ET
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Play video An expert analysis on Sunday's tornado danger is given in the above video.

Update at 9:15 a.m. EST Monday, Nov. 18, 2013:

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has a total of 68 tornado reports on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, as the devastating tornado outbreak unfolded.

For the latest details on the tornado outbreak, click here.

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After causing destruction in central Illinois, the the severe weather threat continues to shift eastward across the lower Great Lakes and Ohio Valley.

Damage was reported from a large tornado that tracked northeastward away from Peoria, Ill. A tornado was also confirmed in the Chicago's suburb of Frankfort.

At least three people were killed in New Minden, Ill., the Washington County coroner and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency told The Associated Press. Another 50 people have been reported injured in Illinois.

The town of Paducah, Ky., reported major tornado damage as well.

The threat is shifting toward Pittsburgh, Pa., and Buffalo, N.Y., as the storms continue to move eastward.

These storms remain capable of producing torrential downpours, damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes.

With lives and property in danger, residents and visitors should not take this situation lightly and heed all severe weather-related watches and warnings.

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Those in attendance at Soldier Field watching the Chicago Bears host the Baltimore Ravens were forced to evacuate the stands as the line of violent thunderstorms and tornadoes crossed Chicago while the game was in the first quarter.

The tornado danger will wane Sunday evening, but the same cannot be said for the damaging winds. That danger will shift eastward across the Northeast Sunday night through Monday.

The front will continue moving eastward early this week, bringing thunderstorms into the Northeast for Monday. Although the destructive winds will continue with the front, the threat for severe weather and tornadoes will end with the weekend.

In the wake of the tornado threat, cold air will fill the Great Lakes and Northeast, dropping high temperatures as much as 20 degrees in two days.

AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.

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