Tornado warnings were issued Wednesday for several southern Wisconsin counties as storms circled the Milwaukee and Kenosha areas, bringing alerts to parts of the Chicago area as they tracked south.
The National Weather Service reported a tornado warning had been issued for part of the region, covering cities like Waukesha, New Berlin and Brookfield until 12:15 p.m. Another warning for areas such as Mequon and Thiensville was in effect until 12:30 p.m. West Allis and Wauwatosa were on alert until 12:45 p.m. and Kenosha, Racine and Waukesha were on alert until 1 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning was also issued for Milwaukee and the surrounding area until 12:45 p.m., while Kenosha, Racine and Mount Pleasant were under storm warnings until 1:15 p.m.
The Weather Service reported a tornado around 12:15 p.m. just northwest of Burlington. Residents were urged to “shelter now”.
The weather service also said a tornado had already been reported in Merton, Wis., just before noon and urged residents to seek safe shelter.
In the Chicago area, a severe thunderstorm warning extended to part of McHenry County until 1 p.m. Another for Lake County was issued until 1:30 p.m.
Wind gusts of up to 60mph were possible in the storms, as officials warned such gusts could damage roofs, siding and trees.
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