At around 1:20 p.m., some area severe weather warning sirens are sounding.
Police radio transmissions from Pleasant Prairie and the Sheriff’s Department suggest officials are tracking two waterspouts over Lake Michigan.
UPDATE 1:28 p.m. — Kenosha County Emergency Management just issued a emergency message saying that two funnel clouds have been sighted in the southeast portion of the county. No National Weather Service warning yet.
UPDATE 1:29 p.m. — Pleasant Prairie police officer watching the spouts say one appears to be dissipating. Also appears to be moving south still over the lake.
UPDATE 1:37 p.m. — Kenosha Police Department Facebook page has a photo.
UPDATE 1:46 p.m. — A statement on the sirens from Sgt. Bill Beth, Sheriff’s Department spokesman: “At about 1:25 a funnel cloud was sighted in the City of Kenosha at about 94th St near Lake Michigan. Water spouts were then sighted over Lake Michigan a couple of miles off shore south of 104th St. Kenosha Joint Services dispatch center activated the tornado sirens based on multiple phone calls from citizens’, a police officer report of seeing the funnel cloud and observations from the dispatch center itself. The National Weather Service did not see rotation in the storm clouds on radar, so no official Tornado warning was issued from the National Weather Service.”
UPDATE 1:56 p.m. — Another great photo from the Kenosha PD Facebook page.
UPDATE 1:58 p.m. — Here’s more info on waterspouts in general.
UPDATE 2:03 p.m. — Temps have dropped in Paddock Lake and wind has picked up.
UPDATE 4:53 p.m. — Sgt. Beth issues the following statement: “At 1404 Pleasant Prairie PD received a call from a resident who believed he had seen a boat be overtaken by the water spout. The Kenosha Sheriff’s Department has talked to additional residents who are very sure that they saw the mast of a sailboat about one mile off shore that was over taken by the water spout as the water spout moved South. Then when the water spout dissipated they did not see the sailboat anymore. We have not seen any physical evidence of boat debris wash up on shore. The Coast Guard is currently conducting a search using a helicopter, a boat out of Kenosha Harbor and a larger vessel out of Waukegan.”
UPDATE 5:36 p.m. — From Sgt. Beth: “The Coast Guard has suspended the search of Lake Michigan off the shore of the Carol Beach area in Pleasant Prairie. They have not located a distressed water craft nor any debris from a water craft.”
UPDATE 9:28 p.m. — Here is some video of the waterspout linked to by the National Weather Service Facebook page: