It is not wimpy to leave the water when something like this storm is approaching. Safety on the lake demands a little common sense. Most of us are blessed with a bit of this and really should use it.
Lightening and graphite rods seem to attract one another. It is the guy who waves one around while casting that can shockingly find this out. Also, high winds, rolling waves and poor visibility can hamper navigation if being too bold lets the storm overtake you.
Be smart and be safe.