State of emergency declared in Port Clinton due to flooding, Memorial Day weekend events canceled

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(WJW) — Friday brought wild weather as we headed into Memorial Day weekend: A state of emergency was declared in Port Clinton due to flooding; Cedar Point closed early; and, some holiday events were cancelled.

**The blog in this story has been archived. See our earlier updates, below ***

7:30 p.m.:

FirstEnergy’s outage map shows around 25,000 customers still without power across the viewing area.

6:24 p.m.:

A large tree is down on W. 9 near Coyne in Ashtabula.

(Courtesy of Nicholas J Vocca)
(Courtesy of Kimbralee Stoneman)

5:22 p.m.:

Port Clinton police say that due to the current State of Emergency, the Walleye Festival Parade scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled. They are trying to determine if it is possible to reschedule. They’ll share any updates on their Facebook page.

5:01 p.m.:

Waves are 9 to 15 feet. A resident says the waves went as high as the 2nd story of her home.

Many events are canceled due to flooding and the State of Emergency as this is an ever-changing situation.

4:27 p.m.:

The Port Clinton Yacht Club will be closed today and today’s Friday Night Snacks has been rescheduled for Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Also, the Bloody Mary Social scheduled for tomorrow morning is canceled and the pool will be closed until Sunday, according to a Facebook post.

Port Clinton Yacht Club flooding

4:19 p.m.:

A wind advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday for the lakeshore counties of Northern Ohio. Wind gusts up to 55 mph are possible.

4:14 p.m.:

Wicked weather crashes into Kelley’s Island (Courtesy of Jim Kelley)

4:03 p.m.:

Put-in-Bay Police Department post flooding photos as wind and waves are coming in fast and furious.

3:53 p.m.:

First Energy reports 34,692 customers without power in Northeast Ohio.

2:10 p.m.:

The National Weather Service says strong northeast winds are causing lakeshore flooding across portions of Northwest Ohio and the Lake Erie Islands. They are asking residents to stay away from flooded beaches and docks.

1:45 p.m.:

Cedar Point has announced it will close at 2 p.m. today.

1:45 p.m. update:

From the City of Port Clinton: Declaring a Flood Disaster State of Emergency in effect immediately until further notice for the entire City of Port Clinton. Many roads are impassable due to high water, downed trees and power lines. All vehicles are asked to stay off the streets until the State of Emergency has been lifted. Additionally manhole covers and catch basins are becoming detached throughout the community, causing pedestrian hazard. Please use caution.

1:15 p.m. update:

*A family was rescued by police from their flooded vehicle in Put-in-Bay. Police say to stay off of Bayview Ave. It’s flooded in many areas. They warn everyone not to drive through high water.

12:45 update:

*Cedar Point announced changes due to weather conditions including Snake River Expedition will not open today; other rides and coasters may not open today; Frontier Festival will have limited operation.

12:30 p.m. update:

From Kellys Island Police Department: Please be advised East Lakeshore Dr. near Pebble Beach is closed due to high water; Seaway to Harbor is also closed as is Woodford at East Point.

12:15 p.m. updates:

*City of Port Clinton: Perry Street and Lakeshore Drive are closed due to flooding. “We encourage all to stay indoors. There are many trees down and power outages throughout the City,” the City of Port Clinton wrote on its Facebook page.

*Catawba Island police say, due to high water and debris, State Route 53 is closed between Porter Road and Crogan Street. Basin Drive is closed between Carolina Street and D Street.

*The Vermilion Local School District announced on Facebook: Due to the inclement weather, graduation has been postponed until Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

*Follow the latest on Miller Ferry and the Jet Express Ferry as they update their plans to Put-in-Bay, Kellys Island and Cedar Point:

*The Indians announced, due to high winds, the team has postponed tonight’s fireworks show.

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