CBS Chicago's chief meteorologist was reporting on the nearby storm when he warned co-workers it was time to seek shelter.
The National Weather Service had issued two tornado warnings for portions of the city Wednesday evening.
Drone footage and photos showed wide expanses of debris-covered terrain, decimated homes and mangled trees.
Three people have been killed after a tornado tore through the Texas Panhandle town of Perryton, leaving dozens more injured amid widespread damage.
When the tornado hit, there were nine firefighters in Little Rock’s Fire Station No. 9, which became one of the most devastated areas of the city.
Confirmed or suspected tornadoes in at least 11 states destroyed homes and businesses, splintered trees, and lay waste to neighborhoods across a broad swath of the country.
More than 70,000 people are without power in Arkansas after a powerful storm surge moved through the state.
The big cats were among several animals that had their enclosures breached after the Pine Mountain park said it sustained “extensive tornado damage."
The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado had touched down around 11:20 a.m in the Los Angeles suburb of Montebello.
A powerful storm system took aim at the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, spawning a tornado that caused damage east of Houston.