Washington state motorists stranded after
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[August 22, 2014]
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Heavy rainfall
in a wildfire-charred area of North Central Washington state triggered
flash flooding and mudslides that stranded motorists and closed
highways, a forecaster said on Friday.
Vehicles were trapped in debris-laden water at about 8 p.m. PDT
Thursday (0300 GMT Friday) in Okanogan County, and mud and rocks
carried by moving water blocked State Highway 20, said National
Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Corfidi.
Up to 10 vehicles were also stranded in mud in the Methow Valley,
Heavy rain started early Thursday afternoon in North Central
Washington state, which has been burned by destructive wildfires.
More than an inch (2.54 cm) of rain fell in about an hour near the
town of Twisp, Corfidi said.
Local media said power was cut and homes were damaged in some areas.
"It's a taste of fall, really," Corfidi said. "It was favorable for
peak thunderstorm development in a relatively confined area."
The charred areas, especially on steep terrain, were more vulnerable
to rapid runoff, he added.
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There were no reports of injuries, he said.
Rainfall had largely subsided despite lingering, weaker
thunderstorms overnight on Friday, Corfidi said. More rain was
forecast for later in the day.
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
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