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5/22/2007

Thunder, hail, rain hit NE Washington


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Washington State, USA

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A severe thunderstorm brought hail and nearly an inch of rain to Spokane County and eastern Lincoln County, caving in the roof of a state building, causing power outages and flooding streets,
Tanja Merriman, a janitor at the state Department of Social and Health Services building on North Maple in Spokane, stepped out of a restroom she was cleaning Monday evening to find the waiting room had become a wading pool - the ceiling collapsed and a torrent of rainwater rushed in.

The storm caused a quick temperature drop and gusty winds knocked down some branches in the area, said National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Koch. Before Monday's storm, the region was 2.5 inches below the normal amount of precipitation.
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