No tornadoes, but two great lightning pictures made during Wednesday storms

  • Storms move east of Mundelein Wednesday evening, bringing lightning and heavy rain. A tornado warning was also issued for Lake and McHenry counties though no tornado was confirmed.

      Storms move east of Mundelein Wednesday evening, bringing lightning and heavy rain. A tornado warning was also issued for Lake and McHenry counties though no tornado was confirmed. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Tornado sirens wailed Wednesday night as Lake County suburbs were hit by heavy rains and lightning, such as here at the intersection of Gilmer Road and Route 83 in Long Grove.

      Tornado sirens wailed Wednesday night as Lake County suburbs were hit by heavy rains and lightning, such as here at the intersection of Gilmer Road and Route 83 in Long Grove. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 9/12/2019 8:49 AM

The National Weather Service in Chicago issued a tornado warning that lasted until 7:45 p.m., but no tornadoes have been confirmed. Great lightning shows were.

ABC 7 Chicago reported that a cloud rotation appeared on radar earlier Wednesday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue the tornado warning. Tornado sirens went off in several towns, but no funnel cloud sightings were reported as of 7:30 p.m., and no tornadoes were confirmed by the weather service as of 7:30 p.m., ABC said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The Lake County sheriff's office said it had no reports of major damage or injuries but advised watching for additional storms. "If you see a downed wire - STAY AWAY and call for assistance," it tweeted.

Storms in the suburbs during the warning and later in the night did generate impressive lightning shows.

Mundelein police posted on Facebook that it decided not to activate sirens. "We have been in communication with area towns and want to confirm no tornadoes were sighted," the post said. "This is why our sirens were not activated. We will continue to monitor radar and have officers placed throughout town looking for signs of actual tornadoes."

The weather service gave advice if a tornado is seen or threatened: "Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris."

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