Put-in-Bay, Ohio (WJW) — Mother Nature unleashed a historic attack on Put-in-Bay, causing Thursday night’s “Bash on the Bay” concert to be postponed. Strong storms caused damage and flooding across the island, cutting off Wednesday night’s event as well. The event brings in some big names.
Luke Bryan was scheduled to be the headliner Thursday at the annual Bash on the Bay. But event organizers said that due to “unprecedented” storm and flood damage at the venue, the show was postponed for safety reasons.
A viewer of FOX 8 captured images of the damage to Put in Bay Airport, when powerful storms swept the island. Severe weather hit the middle of the sixth annual Bash on the Bay, as rapper and singer Pitbull performed on stage.
“It all went well until the storm arrived around 9:15. … It had a little rain early on, but the show went on again. We got our Pitbull to come in a little earlier and he was He should leave a little early.” Chamber of Commerce and Tourism office in Put-in-Bay.
Chambers said many people left and were able to get to their cars or other shelter before the bulk of the storm hit.
‘I think they may have walked in a little rain; And lightning, I think it started. But for the majority, people got to the boats when they needed to, or if they were staying on the island, to their next destination.
Videos and photos taken by viewers show the damage done across the island. Due to the extent of the damage, organizers canceled country music star Luke Bryan’s Thursday concert for safety reasons.
“Unfortunately, we had to. Because of the weather and the flooding, the damage to the island was mostly flood related,” Chambers said.
In addition to the damage to the island and the airport, where Bash on the Bay is being held, some equipment and parts of the stage were also affected. Part of the island received nearly 10 inches of rain in just a few hours, Chambers said.
“Lots of lightning and thunder and some wind, but just a continuous downpour, like buckets of rain all night. So last night was historic,” she said.
For people who have tickets for the Luke Bryan performance, the show will be rescheduled.
Organizers said an announcement regarding refunds and rescheduling will come sometime next week.
Chambers said Miller Ferry and Jet Express were able to get passengers back to the mainland when the storm subsided.
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