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Severe Weather Hits Region, More to Come

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Hail the size of quarters hit Ruch in the Applegate Valley and rainfall up to 3/4′s of an inch was also recorded.  Other severe reports came from Howard Prairie, near Lake of the Woods Highway 140 west of the summit, near Oregon Caves and Williams and around Rogue River.

Well over 1000 lightning strikes also accompanied these thunderstorms, some of them were dry and caused new fire starts.  Air quality deteriorated from Grants Pass to Medford and Ashland, as the winds pulled smoke from the fires into the Rogue Valley.