The nations weather

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Posted: Aug 26, 2011 9:09 AM
The nations weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, August 26, 2011.

Hurricane Irene continues approaching the Carolinas on Friday, bringing strong winds and dangerous storm surge with it. Landfall over North Carolina is expected on Saturday, but hurricane force winds extend up to 70 miles outward from the center, while tropical storm force winds up to 290 miles outward from the center. Thus, hurricane warnings have been issued for the Florida and Georgia coasts, while tropical storm watches have been issued as far north as the Outer Banks of North Carolina. For more information on Hurricane Irene, please visit http://www.wunderground.com/tropical/.

Elsewhere, active weather is anticipated across the US as a few frontal boundaries affect the nation. In the East, a cold front continues moving southeastward, draping itself along the East Coast and stretching from the Northeast to the Southeast. Expect widespread scattered showers and thunderstorms to develop along this front, some of which may turn severe with strong winds and hail.

Behind this system, another low pressure system moves off the Rockies and into the Plains. This will push a front into the Northern and Central Plains, kicking up widespread scattered showers and thunderstorms. This system will reach into the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes by evening.

Out West, monsoonal moisture in combination with a hot and sunny afternoon will allow for thunderstorms to develop over the Southwest and Four Corners. The rest of the West Coast will remain mostly sunny with low clouds and fog along the coasts. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of 37 degrees at Leadville, Colo. to a high of 108 degrees at El Centro, Calif.