UPDATED Thursday, September 12, 2013 --- 5:13 p.m.
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UPDATED Thursday, September 12, 2013 --- 4:40 p.m.
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- 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 have been reported.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press
Posted Thursday, September 12, 2:55 p.m.
From our news partner, WITI in Milwaukee:
KENOSHA (WITI) — FOX6 News viewers spotted water spouts out over Lake Michigan due east of the Kenosha shoreline on Thursday afternoon, September 12th.
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department tells FOX6 News the warning sirens sounded at 1:16 p.m. because of reports of a funnel cloud a couple of miles off shore south of 104th St. near the City of Kenosha.
At this time, there are no reports of damage and no indication the funnel cloud touched down prior to moving out over Lake Michigan.
The Kenosha Unifed School District enacted its emergency weather procedures after the reports of a funnel cloud started being noted. That called for all students and staff in their 39 schools to go to a place of safety, as practiced during their weather drills. It called on them to go to a room without windows or whatever safety area was designated in the school.
A spokesperson says the district was given the all clear by county emergency management and students went back to class after about 20 minutes.