CLEVELAND -- The National Weather Service says damage from Sunday storms in Port Clinton and Catawba Island was caused by straight line winds and a microburst.
A preliminary storm damage assessment on Monday confirmed a microburst and straight line winds led to significant damage between 6:20 and 6:40 p.m. The Weather Service estimated winds these winds at near 75 m.p.h. for about five miles from Catawba Island to Danbury in Ottawa County.
Nearly 250 trees were blown over or snapped off by a fast moving thunderstorm complex that moved in off the lake.
Two vehicles were destroyed and several homes were damaged, mainly from falling trees. Also, tennis ball size hail was also confirmed that caused significant damage in the Bay Community Park in Danbury.
A microburst is a strong downdraft from a thunderstorm that causes extreme wind shear. Straight line winds are generally any wind that is not associated with any rotation, like that in a tornado.