Weather across the nation on October 7, 2016

Hurricane Matthew moved northward along the east coast of Florida.

This system packed strong winds, torrential rain and life-threatening storm surge. Hurricane warnings were issued from the northeast coast of Florida to the coast of North Carolina. Vero Beach, Florida, recorded wind gusts of 74 mph. Melbourne, Florida, recorded wind gusts of 70 mph.

Flood warnings were also issued in northeast Florida and southeast Georgia. Jacksonville, Florida, reported a midday total of 4.06 inches of rain. Ft. Stewart, Georgia, reported a midday total of 1.55 inches of rain. Showers drifted as far north as the central Appalachians, the eastern edge of the Midwest and the northern Mid-Atlantic. Most of New England experienced dry conditions on Friday.

Meanwhile, a cold frontal boundary produced scattered showers and thunderstorms in the Midwest, the middle Mississippi Valley and the southern Plains. Flood warnings were issued for southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma. Muskogee, Oklahoma, reported a midday total of 1.43 inches of rain.

A series of disturbances transitioned across the Pacific Northwest and the upper Intermountain West. As a result, rain and high elevation snow developed from Washington to northwest Montana. Most of the Southwest stayed clear of precipitation on Friday. Los Angeles recorded a midday high of 81 degrees. Las Vegas recorded a midday high of 78 degrees.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................97 Edinburg, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................105 Key West, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................12 Alamosa, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................1 Gulkana, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................74 Vero Beach, Fla.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................4.29 Jacksonville Craig, Fla.

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