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Weather could affect Ravens vs. Bears, tornado watch has been issued for area

Frank Schwab
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It's mid-November, so weather will start to affect some NFL games.

It could be a real problem in Chicago, where a tornado is possible during the Ravens-Bears game

There is an "extraordinarily rare" tornado watch for Sunday until 4 p.m. as a result of a pair of weather systems over the northeastern Illinois area according to the Chicago Tribune.

(UPDATE: The Bears-Ravens game was suspended about a half hour into the game because of weather conditions, and fans were evacuated from the seating area at Soldier Field.)

"We're very concerned," weather service meteorologist Gino Izzi told the Tribune. "We're definitely stressing that this is not your run-of-the-mill tornado watch."

A tornado touched down at about 11 a.m. Central time near East Peoria, which is in west central Illinois, and another is on the ground and moving toward Streator, about 100 miles southwest of Chicago, according to the Tribune.

Izzi told the Tribune that this is the "top tier" of tornado watches that ever gets issued.

Soldier Field general manager Tim LeFevour told NBC Chicago that evacuation procedures are in place, and there's a possibility fans are evacuated before players come off the field. He estimated it would take 15-20 minutes to get fans to safety in case of extreme weather.

Hopefully the weather doesn't come near the stadium, but there will likely be high winds and storms that will affect both offenses.

Weather, and particularly high winds, will be an issue for other games including Browns-Bengals and Jets-Bills.

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