High winds cause Lake Erie levels to drop in Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) - Boat owners in northwest Ohio are taking stock of their losses from high winds that pushed Lake Erie water east, toward Buffalo, N.Y.

Officials say water levels dropped Monday at Ohio marinas from Toledo to Port Clinton, and boats got mired in muck on the lake bottom. Some remained stuck and were flooded with water when the lake level eventually rose again.

National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Leins (LY'-uhnz) in Cleveland says 30-40 mph winds that lasted about 12 hours displaced the lake water in a phenomenon called a seiche (saysh).

Just west of Cleveland, in Rocky River, some people reported they could walk out from the lake shore 10 feet farther than usual.

-- Information from: The Plain Dealer

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