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Alert: Afternoon storm brings hail, flooding to burned areas

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Update: 4 p.m. Wednesday — Chelan County road crews have cleared the mudslide at milepost 12 on the Entiat River Road. The National Weather Service’s flash flood warning for North Central Washington has been extended to 11 tonight. 

NCW — A severe rainstorm sweeping across North Central Washington this afternoon has brought penny-sized hail and scattered mudslides to fire-scarred slopes in the Methow Valley and near Entiat.

The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings around 1 p.m. today for burned areas near Carlton and Pateros. Flooding and possible mudslides were expected near Foggy Dew and Crater Creek campground near Carlton.

Around 2 p.m., a mudslide was also reported near milepost 12 on the Entiat River Road. Lightning was reported between Twisp and Winthrop.

The flash flood warnings, which urged residents to move immediately to higher ground, will extend to until 4 p.m. today.

In its warning, the National Weather Service said “high intensity rainfall on the burned areas may cause dangerous flash flooding and debris flows” near the Carlton Complex fires. Motorists on state highways 20 and 153 are warned to be alert to possible flooding across roadways.

 

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