Put-in-Bay boaters wondered all day whether the predicted 40% chance of thunderstorms would occur. Then, at 4:29 pm the National Weather Service issued the following:
BULLETIN – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Special Marine Warning National Weather Service Cleveland OH 429 PM EDT THU JUL 26 2018 The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a * Special Marine Warning for… Nearshore and Open waters from Reno Beach OH to Avon Point OH… * Until 600 PM EDT. * At 429 PM EDT, a strong thunderstorm was located 8 nm west of Put-In-Bay, moving east at 25 knots. HAZARD…Wind gusts to nearly 50 knots and small hail. SOURCE…Radar indicated. IMPACT…Small craft could be damaged in briefly higher winds and suddenly higher waves. * Locations impacted include… Put-In-Bay, Western Vermilion, Kelleys Island, Avon Point, Sandusky Bay, Huron, Lorain Harbor and Vermilion.