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Waterspouts on Lake Michigan

Waterspouts  – tornadoes over water- formed over Lake Michigan Thursday.

The waterspouts, when associated with supercell thunderstorms like this afternoon’s, should be considered potentially dangerous.

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Waterspouts were spotted over Lake Michigan Thursday afternoon

The waterspouts  – funnel clouds that form over water – formed when thunderstorms combined with strong, cold northeast winds rushing over the warm surface of Lake Michigan.

The National Weather Service in Chicago issued a special marine warning for waters near the Lake Michigan shore from Winthrop Harbor to Northerly Island and for open water from Winthrop Harbor to Michigan City, Ind., warning of showers and thunderstorms capable of producing waterspouts.

Chicago Tribune contributed to this report

‘Flabergasting’ waterspouts explained by Skilling

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09/12/13

VIDEO: Waterspouts form on Lake Michigan

A marine warning was issued this afternoon after several waterspouts were seen on Lake Michigan.

Radar indicated showers and thunderstorm producing a waterspout and strong winds.

Waterspouts are tornadoes over water and, when associated with supercell thunderstorms like this afternoon’s, should be considered potentially dangerous.

Several viewers sent pictures to Tom Skilling and the WGN Weather Center.

For more information and forecast updates log on to Chicago Weather Center.

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