Weather Updates

At least six ‘rare’ waterspouts spotted across Chicago coastal waters

Updated: September 26, 2011 9:48AM

The National Weather Service is reporting at least six different “rare” waterspout spottings across the Chicago area lakeshore on Saturday.

Before this weekend, only 13 waterspouts had been reported across Chicagoland coastal waters, which runs north through Racine, since 2000. And of those 13, only 12 can be truly classified as similar waterspouts witnessed that day, the National Weather Service says.

As of Saturday evening, at least six different waterspouts were spotted and there is a possibly of more, which are waiting to be confirmed.

The following detail the times and locations for waterspout reports that were called into the National Weather Service Chicago and Milwaukee:

--Multiple reports which have not yet been confirmed at 2 E. Waukegan at 7 a.m.

--Confirmed report east of Lake Forest and southeast of the Great Lakes Naval Base in Waukegan at 10:10 a.m.

--Confirmed report of multiple waterspouts witnessed East of McKinley Marina near the east Milwaukee lakeshore about 10:14 a.m.

--Multiple confirmed reports three to four miles off the shore of the Chicago metro area at at 10:20 a.m.

--Confirmed report of periodic waterspouts reported East of the Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee at 10:28 a.m.

--Confirmed report north of Navy Pier at 12:09 p.m.

--Confirmed report southeast of Kenosha Harbor in Wisconsin at 3:15 p.m.

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