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Twin water spouts spin over US lake

Twin water spouts have put on a spectacular show over Lake Michigan, near the Wisconsin shore in the US.

The water spouts were sighted a couple of miles off shore about 1.30pm local time on Thursday after a funnel cloud was sighted in the town of Kenosha.

Sargent Bill Beth of the Kenosha County sheriff's office said the two water spouts merged into one large version, then split.

He said it was a "beautiful day" when the water spouts "just popped out of nowhere".

National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Townsend said water spouts generally occur between August and October.

Warning sirens were activated but no damage or injuries were reported.

The US Coast Guard searched Lake Michigan after witnesses reported seeing a sailing boat disappear, but no debris or boat was found.

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