SPOKANE, Wash. - Thousands of lightning strikes hit Washington overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday afternoon as thunderstorms rolled across the state. The state Department of Natural Resources says the strikes apparently started about 10 wildfires in the northeast corner of Washington between Omak and Colville.
KREM 2's Lightning Tracker registered over 2,800 lightning strikes between 6:30am-7:30am alone. Six hundred strikes were registered around lunchtime Wednesday.
A red flag warning for high wildfire danger in most of Eastern Washington was put into effect Wednesday morning.
Forecasters had been concerned about the possibility of flash flooding in parts of Eastern Washington, but authorities said the storms moved through too fast to cause flooding.
Both the red flag warning and a severe thunderstorm warning were expected to end by Wednesday morning and afternoon. The National Weather Service announced red flag warnings until 2 p.m. for several parts of Eastern Washington including Okanogan and Methow Valleys and the Okanogan Highlands. Severe thunderstorm warnings expired or were canceled later Wednesday morning for Ferry, Stevens, Grant and Douglas Counties. Severe thunderstorm warnings in other areas were extended until 1pm.
With storms moving northward, things were expected to clear up for sunny skies and upper 80-degree temperatures by late Wednesday afternoon.
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