Ravens-Bears delayed by severe weather

CHICAGO — Officials delayed Sunday’s game between the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens with 4:51 remaining in the first quarter due to severe weather at Soldier Field.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch, severe thunderstorm and flash-flood warnings for the downtown Chicago area, effective until 4 p.m. local time.

Fans were asked to begin evacuating the stands prior to the official suspension of the game.

A tornado was confirmed in southern LaSalle County — located approximately 100 miles southwest of Chicago — on Sunday, according to Chicago’s ABC affiliate.

Prior to the start of the game, the National Weather Service warned that Chicago and other areas of the Midwest could be affected by dangerous weather on Sunday, placing parts of seven states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin) under a tornado watch. Other states in the region faced a wind advisory.

Forecasters expected the possibility of tornadoes, large hail and strong wind gusts, some of which were expected to reach approximately 80 mph.

Leading into the game, officials at the stadium had already removed some of the tents around Soldier Field, as well as some signs.

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