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Flash flood watch issued for area

— The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch today for Okanogan County in recent burn areas.

According to meteorologists, flash floods could result from afternoon thunderstorms. Flooding is more likely in areas burned in wildfires in recent years.

"Debris flows and rapid runoff would be a significant threat in this case," a statement released by the National Weather Service said. "The highest threat area will be in and near the Methow Valley..."

The watch remains in effect through this evening for Okanogan County, as well as neighboring Chelan County.

"Isolated to scattered thunderstorms producing pockets of heavier rainfall could linger over recent and past burn scars from wildfires," the statement said, noting washouts are possible along state Highway 20 and along rural roads from Twisp to Pateros.

A flash flood watch means conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding or debris flows.

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