Prayers offered up as tornado approaches (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON, IL - Severe weather pounded the Midwest Sunday afternoon.

CNN iReporter Anthony Khoury took this cellphone video of a funnel cloud in Washington, Illinois, east of Peoria.

You can hear someone in the video reciting "The Lord's Prayer" and other prayers.

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in that area.

Khoury says his home was spared but the surrounding homes were damaged.

A spokesperson with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency says at least three people died as a result of the storms.

According to the National Weather Service, nearly 50 tornadoes have been reported throughout the Midwest.

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