UPATE 9:15 p.m.: The severe weather storm warning has expired, but a weather storm watch remains until 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

UPDATE 8:47 p.m.: The lights are out at Northwestern Avenue and MM. Law enforcement officials are putting out signs, according to preliminary reports.

  • 2000 block of Quincy, a fire has been reported with smoke and flames, but firefighters investigated and determined that there was no fire at this residence.
  • 6428 Carnation Court, lightning struck a residence at about 9:06 p.m.
  • 6425 Biscayne Avenue, lightning struck a residence at about 9:11 p.m.

UPDATE 8:48 p.m.:  Multiple power outages have been reported along 7 Mile and Highway 32, Douglas Avenue and Three Mile Road with 5,000 We Energies customers being affected.

UPDATE 8:44 p.m.: A funnel cloud has been spotted 8:43 p.m. 1700 block of Lathrop Avenue.

UPDATE 8 p.m.: The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Racine County until 9:15 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2. Officials are warning that the storm has carried golf ball-sized hail and up to 75 mph winds.

A funnel cloud was spotted over Lake Michigan, according to scanner reports.

IMPACT...PEOPLE AND ANIMALS OUTDOORS WILL BE INJURED. EXPECT DAMAGE
         TO ROOFS...SIDING...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES.

UPDATE 3:37 p.m.: The National Weather Service has now issued a severe thunderstorm watch for several southern Wisconsin counties, including Racine County, until 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2.

Original story: Strong, but scattered thunderstorms are expected to come through southern Wisconsin this afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.

A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for Sunday, Aug. 2 for several southern Wisconsin counties including Racine County.

A low pressure system is expected to move across northern Wisconsin and the western Great Lakes region that will drag a cold front through southern Wisconsin. The front will carry an “enhanced risk” of severe thunderstorms that could cause large hail and damaging winds. The weather outlook warned that a few tornadoes are also possible.

Heat index readings may reach the mid-90s and wind gusts may reach up to 40 mph across southern Wisconsin.

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