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A strong low pressure system continued to linger over the southern Mid-Atlantic on Friday. As this system interacted with warm, muggy air, heavy rain and thunderstorms developed over several states. Flash flood warnings were issued in parts of New Jersey and Maryland, while flash flood watches were issued in eastern South Carolina and eastern North Carolina. Albemarle, North Carolina, reported a midday total of 3.09 inches of rain. Gastonia, North Carolina, reported a midday total of 2.77 inches of rain.

Meanwhile, a separate low pressure system inched eastward over the lower Mississippi Valley. This system pushed heavy rain and thunderstorms across the Gulf Coast and the Deep South. Alexandria Esle, Louisiana, reported a midday total of 2.49 inches of rain. Just to the north, isolated thunderstorms developed across the middle Mississippi Valley, the upper Midwest and the Ohio Valley. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in central Michigan, while flood advisories were issued in Wisconsin and Illinois. Romeoville, Illinois, reported a midday total of 1.74 inches of rain.

In the West, monsoonal thunderstorms popped up across the Four Corners and the Intermountain West. Flash flood watches remained in place over New Mexico and the western tip of Texas. The West Coast stayed clear of precipitation due to a ridge of high pressure over the eastern Pacific.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................104 El Centro, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................113 Thermal, Calif.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................35 West Yellowstone, Mont.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................27 Barter Island, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................46 Drone Runway, Panama City, Fla.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................3.09 Albemarle, N.C.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1983, President Ronald Reagan arrived at Andrews Air Force base. Just 10 minutes after the landing, a wind gust of 149 mph in a microburst was recorded. Planes have been known to crash due to such high velocity wind gusts.

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