Storm rips through mid-valley area

Photo by Al Camp.

OMAK - A fierce storm ripped through Okanogan and Omak shortly after 2 p.m., leaving downed trees and scattered fires in its wake.

Electricity also was interrupted.

Emergency calls during and immediately after the storm included a lightning strike fire on Emery Street in south Omak, a tree down in the RV park area of East Side Park and a brush fire near St. Mary's Mission on North End Omak Lake Road.

There also were reports of roofing torn off buildings in Omak and Okanogan.

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