Remarkable sight over Lake Michigan as waterspouts churn to the sky

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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

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