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Originally published Friday, September 6, 2013 at 6:15 PM

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WA storm's wake: damaged roads, mudslides, floods

A storm that dumped heavy rain on Washington state left a wake of damaged roads, a nearly eight-foot high mudslide and overflown sewers. But late summer sunshine is returning soon, according to the National Weather Service.

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SEATTLE —

A storm that dumped heavy rain on Washington state left a wake of damaged roads, a nearly eight-foot high mudslide and overflown sewers. But late summer sunshine is returning soon, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service lifted a flood watch for Western Washington Friday afternoon as the worst of Thursday's storm had passed, meteorologist Johnny Burg said.

"We still expect some rainfall but we're not expecting anything to cause any widespread flooding," Burg said.

Residents across Washington woke up Friday morning to inspect the storm's damage.

One road in unincorporated King County collapsed, creating a sinkhole. Meanwhile crews northwest of Yakima were working to clean out a nearly 8-foot high mudslide that hit State Highway 410, the Washington Transportation Department said.

In Everett, city officials said 12 sewers overflowed into the Snohomish River and Port Gardner Bay. They said water quality at the outfall location is being tested, but warned residents to stay away from those areas for the time being.

In Lakewood, a narcotics dog chewed its way out of its kennel at his handler's home and ran away, presumably scared by the lightning. The police department asked the public for help finding him.

The rain came in fast and heavy on Thursday. Lewis County got some of the highest readings, hovering around four inches of rain. SeaTac International Airport measured 1.7 inches over 48 hours, Burg said.

One rough estimate counted around 5,900 lightning strikes in Western Washington, Burg added. Some isolated strikes could happen Friday, he added.

One quirk of the storm was the lack of rain in places where there is usually heavy rainfall. Sequim and the coast didn't register much rain, Burg said.

The forecast calls for sunshine to come back on the second half of Sunday, with a mostly sunny Monday to follow.

For those wondering, summer does not end, technically, until Sept. 22.

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