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Thunder, hail and gusty winds possible later today in Tri-Cities region and Oregon

Rain and thunderstorms are possible this evening in the Tri-Cities, according to the National Weather Service.

However, the worst of the storm should pass to the south of the Tri-Cities across northeast Oregon and the southeast edge of Washington state.

In the Tri-Cities a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms and showers are predicted by 11 p.m., with more showers possible into the early morning, the weather service said at 5 p.m. Monday.

Earlier in the day it had predicted a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms and showers.

Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds in the Tri-Cities area, according to the weather service. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

No thunderstorm watch or warning has been issued for the Tri-Cities area by the weather service.

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms are forecast again Wednesday and Wednesday night in the Tri-Cities.

Skies should clear for the Fourth of July.

If there is thunder in the Tri-Cities, people should go indoors as soon as they hear thunder, says the weather service.

If a building is not available, a hard-topped vehicle can provide some protection.

Among the worst places to be are in open areas or near isolated tall trees, towers or utility poles.