BELOIT (WKOW) -- The National Weather Service issued a series of tornado warnings for southern Wisconsin Saturday that have since expired.
The warnings began with a series of tornado watches for much of the southern half of the state that extended through 8 p.m. A total of eleven counties were included in the watch: Grant, Lafayette, Iowa, Green, Dane, Rock, Jefferson, Walworth, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine.
The first warning came for a portion of Grant County around 3:30 p.m.
The Lancaster Fire Department observed a tornado two miles south of the city. It moved north of the community before diminishing near Mount Hope.
The National Weather Service in Sulivan issued the second tornado warning for part of Rock County. A series of storms capable of producing a tornado would move through the area over the following few hours.
Later in the afternoon, a tornado was observed on the ground near Beloit. Heavy rain obscured the tornado from many traffic cameras in the area, but the storm finally dissipated near Johnstown.
Southeastern Lafayette County became the third area of concern. Meteorologists were tracking a severe storm near South Wayne.
After traveling for several miles that cell weakened and the warning was canceled.