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Tornado forces 'Today' show to scale back plans for Chicago broadcast Wednesday

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As part of its week-long travel series, NBC's "Today" show planned to broadcast live from Chicago on Wednesday morning.

Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist were all supposed to visit the Windy City, but Oklahoma's deadly tornado has forced the program to tweak its plans. Only Willie and Natalie will swing through town, hosting the 8 a.m. hour (9 a.m. Eastern) live from Millennium Park's Bean sculpture. Matt and Al will stay in Oklahoma and Savannah will be live from New York.

This marks the second time this year weather has forced the show to change its Chicago plans at the last minute. A powerful storm headed for the East Coast in early February meant "Today" had to cancel its live broadcast from here as part of its Field Trip Fridays.

The show's week-long "Great American Adventure" got off to a smooth start Monday in Hawaii. The anchors were supposed to move on to Yellowstone National Park for a live broadcast from Old Faithful on Tuesday but they went to Oklahoma instead to cover the natural disaster. Plans called for traveling to Chicago on Wednesday before heading to Orlando and the New Jersey shore.

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The "Today" show's Willie Geist and Natalie Morales will broadcast from Chicago on Wednesday without Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker.

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Cancel the stupid show already. I had planned on watching, but not anymore. Chicago doesn't need the Today show.

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