Thunderstorms forecast for Washington, Oregon

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Obama signs disaster declaration for Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration Tuesday for Washington.

It orders federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires from July 9 to Aug. 5. It specifically mentions Okanogan County and the Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation and says federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation in all areas within the state.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is surveying damage and may designate more counties for assistance.

SEATTLE — Forecasters say thunderstorms that moved through Oregon and Washington on Monday will flare up again Tuesday.

Because of the risk that lightning will start more wildfires, the National Weather Service has a red flag warning in effect for most of both states. The thunderstorms also could be accompanied by gusty winds, hail and flash flooding, especially on lands scorched by wildfires.

Forecasters say showers could linger over the Northwest into Wednesday. The good news for people uncomfortable with Monday's heat is that temperatures should be back to normal by Wednesday.