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Tropical Storm Andrea was the big weather story on Friday as she continued her progress northeastward along the eastern seaboard.

By the afternoon, the center of the tropical storm was located over eastern North Carolina on her way toward the Mid-Atlantic coast. Wind gusts were recorded to near 50 mph in the Carolinas as the storm passed, but the bigger story had to do with the heavy rainfall that was associated with the storm.

Flood Warnings were posted from western South Carolina through coastal New England as several inches of rain fell. Several more inches of rain are expected through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast into the evening and through Saturday as Andrea moves northward.

In addition to the heavy rainfall, Andrea was capable of producing more tornadoes from the coast of North Carolina through southern Delaware.

Meanwhile, a strong high pressure system continued to build over the West, prompting Excessive Heat Warnings to be posted in the Desert Southwest. Afternoon temperatures were expected to top 110 degrees for many areas of the Southwest today and Saturday, before cooler air filters into the area beginning Sunday.

Aside from scattered showers in the Rockies and southern Texas, the rest of the country remained dry.

The Northeast rose into the 60s and 70s, while the Southeast saw temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The Southwest rose into the 100s and 110s, while the Northwest saw temperatures in the 70s and 80s.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................108 Needles, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................108 Brownsville, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................30 Grand Marais Airport, Minn.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................11 Tin City, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................76 San Luis Obispo, Calif.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................5.01 Raleigh, N.C.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1998, the forecast for Barrow, Alaska, was sunny and warm. Being on the Arctic Ocean, Barrow receives sunshine throughout most of the day and night during late spring and early summer. With a land breeze causing the temperature to soar to 51 degrees, the forecast proved true.

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