On Thursday, parts of Iowa and Illinois were affected by tornadoes, and people have been warned of a severe weather condition.
The National Weather Service reported that a “large and extremely dangerous” tornado was observed near Camanche, Iowa. The agency also said that it was a “particularly dangerous situation.”
Soon thereafter, pictures of the storm started surfacing on social media.
The Illinois community of Ashton also suffered extreme weather and tornadoes, along with falling hail with the size of tennis balls.
Eighty five miles northwest of Chicago, Rockford was reported to have been impacted by tornadoes. According to CNN, Kevin Lalley, Lee County Emergency Management Agency Director, a tornado has started to affect the county.
“We do have damage at this time,” Lalley said.
“I’m trying to confirm the area of the image and the extent.”
Report of significant damage in the town of Hillcrest, 80 miles west of Chicago, came from a sheriff’s dispatcher, according to Chicago Tribune. However, no personal damage was reported.
Bill Hayes, Rochelle Councilman, said, “I did actually see the tornado touch down when I was racing home and contacting people to get to shelter.”
According to the National Weather Service, several tornado watches have been placed into effect to minimize potential damage. Parts of Indiana, southern Illinois, southwest Missouri and western Kentucky will be observed until 1.00 a.m. CDT. Meanwhile, a watch will be kept on much of Illinois and parts of southern Wisconsin, northwest Indiana and eastern Missouri till 11 p.m. CDT; this will also include metropolitan areas of Chicago and St. Louis and the western and southern suburbs of Milwaukee.
Severe thunderstorms are likely to affect parts of southern and central Wisconsin. Parts of southern Ohio, northeast Kentucky and West Virginia will be closely watched for such. Southern Missouri, northern and central Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma, and central and northeast Texas will be possibly affected by thunderstorms.
The damage caused by severe thunderstorm included a mobile home that was blown over in Centralia, Missouri. The storm also caused minor injuries.
The storms have also impacted flight schedules. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that 700 flights departing from and arriving in O’Hare were cancelled.
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