7 states in path of storm

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Midwest faces ‘nasty’ weather-

CHICAGO – Chicago and other areas of the Midwest could see some dangerous weather Sunday, with parts of seven states under a tornado watch, according to the National Weather Service.

One fast-moving tornado had already touched down near Washington, Illinois, a few miles east of Peoria, the weather service said. It was moving northeast at 55 mph.

Watches were in effect for parts of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Other Midwestern states are facing a wind advisory.

Forecasters said there was a possibility of intense tornadoes, large hail up to 2 inches in diameter, and damaging wind gusts — some of them greater than 80 mph in and near the watch areas.

The watch area includes Detroit, Indianapolis and the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

The NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens has been delayed in the first quarter due to severe weather in the Chicago area. Spectators have also been warned to leave the stands and head for covered areas.

Stronger than normal winds were already blowing at Soldier Field ahead of the main brunt of the storm. Before the game, flags, temporary signs and tents outside the stadium had been removed,CNN affiliate WLS reported.

This is a particularly dangerous situation, the National Weather Service said in a bulletin released Sunday morning.

And a tweet from the weather service in northern Indiana was even more ominous: “The worst decision you could make today is to ignore a severe/tornado warning. These storms will be nasty.”

A tornado watch means that weather conditions exist that can produce tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. Conditions are favorable for long-tracked, significant tornadoes across this watch area, the Storm Prediction Center said.

A wind advisory means sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph or gusts of 46 to 57 mph are expected, the weather service said.