Flood, fire risk from E. Washington thunderstorms

SPOKANE — Some weird weather for July has created the risk of flash flooding and new wildfires on the same stormy day in parts of Eastern Washington.

The National Weather Service says an unusually strong storm Wednesday could drop heavy rain on the east slopes of the north Cascades. The rain could cause flash floods in the areas scarred by wildfires in Chelan and Okanogan counties.

Meanwhile, lighting from thunderstorms could spark new wildfires in the southeast corner of the state, around the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla.

Forecasters say the storm will bring heavy rain to Western Washington, likely breaking records for date. The record at Sea-Tac Airport is a half-inch (.54) set on July 23, 1949.

Dry, hot weather is expected to return to the state over the weekend.

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