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Severe weather expected to hit the region

— The National Weather Service has issued several watches and warnings for the region through Thursday.

A red flag warning was issued early Tuesday afternoon for a critical weather pattern expected through Wednesday night.

The warning is in effect in Okanogan County until 11 p.m. Thursday, and 2 a.m. in Ferry County on Thursday.

According to meteorologists, “A strong low-pressure system will move over the districts over the next two days producing, a long period of critical fireweather conditions; A second round of thunderstorms is expected late Wednesday.”

A flash flood watch has been issued in Okanogan County in effect until 11 p.m. Thursday, in recently burned wildfire areas.

An air quality alert has also been issued for several counties including Douglas, Ferry and Okanogan Counties until 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities encourage people to use common sense, and keep children indoors if it is smoky.

The National Weather Service also issued a hazardous weather outlook for portions of Okanogan County.

Metorogloists say the“storms will become increasingly wet into tonight. However, given dry fuels, new fire starts are expected. Debris flows are possible in burn scar areas in the cascades.”


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