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An area of low pressure pushed across the eastern Gulf Coast and the Southeast on Friday. This system produced strong to severe thunderstorms across a handful of states. Tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm watches were issued in Florida as the strongest thunderstorms focused over the western half of the state. Milton, Fla., reported a midday total of 4.55 inches of rain, while Crestview, Fla., reported a midday total of 3.42 inches of rain.

These thunderstorms also brought gusty winds to the region, as Pinellas, Fla., recorded wind speeds of 44 mph. Along the northern tier of the country, a separate low pressure system moved eastward across the eastern Great Lakes. Mixed precipitation accompanied this system and approached the northeastern corner of the country. Flood warnings were issued in several states, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, as rapid snow melt continued to occur across the area.

Meanwhile, a cold frontal boundary propagated eastward across the Great Basin and the Intermountain West. A mixture of rain and snow developed along the northern Rockies, while showers moved over central and eastern Montana. Scattered showers and thunderstorms also developed across the Four Corners due to an area of low pressure over Southern California. The remainder of the West Coast avoided precipitation on Friday.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................87 Kendall, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................91 Kendall, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................6 Crane Lake, Minn.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-21 Atqasuk Edward Burnell Sr, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................48 Lander, Wyo.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................4.69 Florala, Ala.

ON THIS DATE....... While there is no such thing as "earthquake weather," weather can have a direct effect on the amount of damage sustained after an earthquake. For instance, on this date in 1906, a major 7.8 earthquake shook San Francisco, spawning major fires. Easterly winds blew these fires through the city as firefighters struggled to contain them. Most of the damage came from these fires.

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