Camanche, Iowa Tornado Described as ‘Large’ and ‘Dangerous’

April 9, 2015 7:26 pm Last Updated: July 18, 2015 5:10 pm

A large tornado is moving near Camanche, Iowa, on Thursday night.

The National Weather Service confirmed the twister. The tornado was moving at 40 mph, and it was spotted near Camanche. Clinton County and Carroll County, Illinois, are among the areas under threat, CNN reported.

“This is a particularly dangerous situation,” the agency said.

The agency said the large tornado was confirmed at 5:46 p.m. local time.

Tornadoes were reported near Peoria, Illinois and Dewitt, Iowa on Thursday afternoon but there were no immediate reports of damage.

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.

“It’s quite an expansive area,” said Greg Carbin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

In central Indiana, a 75-year-old woman died Wednesday night after being swept into a rain-swollen creek near Indianapolis. Pittsboro Fire Chief Bill Zeunik said the woman, identified as Doris D. Martin, was clearing debris from a water-filled ditch in her front yard along with her husband when she fell in and was swept away into a drainage pipe. Martin’s body was found in a creek nearly a mile away.

In Wisconsin, an interstate north of Milwaukee was closed for several hours Thursday morning after several vehicles became partially submerged in flood water due to heavy rain.

With AP.