CLINTON, Iowa — Police and fire crews were out in full force Thursday night after reports of tornadoes in eastern Iowa, Illinois and Ohio during an outbreak of severe weather across the country.
One tornado was reported near DeWitt in Clinton County, Iowa on Thursday afternoon, and in the city of Clinton there were reports of hail and wind damage to homes and trees. A second tornado was spotted near the Clinton Municipal Airport northwest of Clinton, and Fulton, Illinois, according to the Clinton County Emergency Management Office. No injuries have been reported, but damage includes uprooted trees, blocked roads, downed power lines, roofs torn off buildings and two tractor-trailers tipped over on U.S. 61.
1,116 residents were without power as of 7:50 p.m. Thursday.
At Clinton High School students participating in athletic events had to take shelter. Principal J.R. Kuch said the school had gone through emergency management training last week and that it took about eight to 10 minutes to get everyone to safety.
"We used the info (from the emergency management training) and knew exactly what to do and worked together," Kuch said.
Over the state line in Rochelle, Illinois there are reports of damage and injuries, according to CNN.com.
Tornado watches were posted Thursday for northern Illinois — including Chicago — and areas of Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. Parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas were covered by another tornado watch, and severe thunderstorms were expected in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
The National Weather Service's "enhanced risk" area stretched from northeast Texas to Michigan, Wisconsin and across the upper Midwest. Forecasters say Philadelphia, Washington and other parts of the Atlantic coast could see the same weather patterns Friday, including Augusta, Georgia, where the Masters golf tournament is taking place through the weekend.
The severe weather forced the cancellation of more than 700 flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and flight delays of 90 minutes. Another 30 flights were cancelled at the city's Midway International Airport, with delays of up to 45 minutes.
The Associated Press and the Clinton (Iowa) Herald contributed to this report.