Water spouts spin over Lake Michigan near Wisconsin
The Associated Press September 12, 2013 7:08PM
A pair of water spouts form on Lake Michigan southeast of Kenosha, Wis. on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. The National Weather Service in Sullivan said the water spouts occurred about four miles southeast from Kenosha. A water spout is basically a tornado over water, meteorologist Ed Townsend said. (AP Photo/The Kenosha News, Kevin Poirier)
Updated: September 12, 2013 11:18PM
KENOSHA, Wis. — Twin water spouts put on a spectacular show over Lake Michigan, near the Wisconsin shore.
The water spouts were sighted a couple of miles off shore about 1:30 p.m. Thursday after a funnel cloud was sighted in the Wisconsin town of Kenosha.
Sgt. Bill Beth of the Kenosha County sheriff’s office says the two water spouts merged into one large one, then split.
Beth says it was a “beautiful day” when the water spouts “just popped out of nowhere.”
National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Townsend says water spouts generally occur between August and October.
Warning sirens were activated around 1:15 p.m. No damage or injuries were reported.
The U.S. Coast Guard searched Lake Michigan after witnesses reported seeing a sailboat disappear, but no debris or boat was found.