A wedge of high pressure made for a warm and dry day over the
Northeast and through the Tennessee Valley yesterday, making for the
warmest day in Boston, Philadelphia and Washington,
D.C., in over a week. Not all of the East was dry yesterday with rain
and thunderstorms seen from the Outer Banks southward to Florida.
Cocoa, Florida, received some of the heaviest rain, receiving over
2.50 inches on the day.
It was a stormy day across the Midwest as showers and thunderstorms
moved through the region, producing some severe weather and
interrupting college football games. Two of the bigger games that
were impacted by the storms included the Michigan-Utah, Minnesota-San
Jose and Illinois-Texas game. Spotty storms were also seen from Texas
to Nevada, although these storms did not produce any severe weather.
A few showers even managed to reach the San Joaquin Valley, although
they dropped very little rain. It was a dry day with above-normal
temperatures over the rest of California as well as the Pacific
Hurricane Hugo intensified on this date in 1989 as the storm moved
northwestward toward Charleston. Hugo made landfall just prior to
midnight (22nd) over Sullivans Island, north of Charleston, with
winds estimated between 130 and 150 mph northeast of the storm's
center. A reconnaissance aircraft measured the pressure at 934 mb
(27.58 inches) when Hugo made landfall. The pressure at Folly Beach,
South Carolina, was recorded at 940 mb (27.76 inches). Wind gusts
from 100-119 mph were recorded in downtown Charleston, with extensive
damage along with low lying flooding. Most dwellings on the Barrier
Islands northeast of Charleston were destroyed due to a storm surge
of up to 20 feet. All bridges to the Barrier Islands were washed out.
The Charleston airport, farther inland, had an 84-mph wind gust,
while Sumter, South Carolina, had a 106-mph gust.
WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS BY ACCU WEATHER
Severe Weather Reports From Saturday:
--Flood waters washed a pickup truck off a road near Vincent, Texas.
--The fire chief in Gail, Texas, reported that most farm to market
roads across Borden County were flooded. He recommended motorists not
to travel across the county.
--The National Guard continued to provide assistance in getting
supplies to and extracting a 48-person work crew that sheltered in
place overnight south of Whites City, New Mexico, due to rising flood
--Strong thunderstorm winds downed trees and power lines in San Juan,
--1.00 inch-diameter hail was reported in Waseca, Minnesota, on
--A 70-mph wind gust was reported near Valparaiso, Indiana, on
--A 70-mph wind gust was reported in Hamlet, Indiana, on Saturday
--In Polk, Minnesota, 9 trees were uprooted by a severe thunderstorm
--A severe thunderstorm damaged homes in Kankakee, Illinois Saturday
afternoon. Numerous large tree branches also collapsed.
24-Hour Rainfall Totals, Ending at 9 p.m. EDT Saturday:
Mayport, FL 2.82
Winter Haven, FL 2.55
Melbourne, FL 2.24
Edinburg, TX 2.19
Daytona Beach, FL 2.02
Hatteras, NC 2.01
Punta Gorda, FL 1.96
Hollywood, FL 1.91
Spencer, IA 1.69
Waseca, MN 1.54
Fort Lauderdale, FL 1.41
Plattsmouth, NE 1.38
Snyder, TX 1.37
Cape Canaveral, FL 1.32
Audubon, IA 1.30
Victoria, TX 1.27
Viroqua, WS 1.24
Mackinac, MI 1.19
Jacksonville, FL 1.14
Denison, IA 1.13
Sparta, WS 1.12
Port Lavaca, TX 1.10
Orlando, FL 1.07
Nebraska City, NE 1.04
National High Yesterday 104 at Bullhead City, Ariz.
National Low Yesterday 25 at Wisdom, Mont.
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