Fierce Winds Hit Northern Ohio

(Cleveland) - Wind gusts of more than 50 MPH did extensive damage across northern Ohio on Friday, bringing down tree limbs, causing power outages, and even flooding a portion of one town along Lake Erie. The photo below was taken along Clifton Boulevard at Cove Avenue in Lakewood.

Saturday morning, FirstEnergy had as many as 14,000 power outages across northern Ohio due to winds that brought down trees and tree limbs. That number gradually got smaller as the day went on, but restoring power was a painstaking process due to the outages being scattered.

Part of the town of Port Clinton was actually in Lake Erie on Friday. High winds pushed lake water on shore, flooding areas near the lake. Debris was everywhere in Port Clinton, and when the water receded, there were fish on the streets and sidewalks. The mayor of Port Clinton declared a state of emergency.

Ferry service to the islands was cut off on Friday, and Cedar Point closed in the early afternoon. Saturday, Miller Ferry and Jet Express resumed partial service. Service from Marblehead to Kelley's Island isn't expected to resume until Sunday.

Photo Courtesy Cheryl Z

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