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    Rain, Thunderstorms Precede Drier Air

    By Elliot Abrams, AccuWeather chief meteorologist
    6/13/2013, 6:10:17 AM

    Thursday 10 a.m.

    Thunderstorms raced from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia in less than seven hours this morning. Wind gusts to 50-60 mph hit a number of locations, but for most people the intense lightning and cloudburst of rain made the biggest impression. Heavy rain will now head from New York state across southern and central New England. Dry, pleasant weather should take over in the Northeast to start the weekend, but showers and thunderstorms can return to the Great Lakes Saturday and reach the I95 corridor later Sunday.

    Here are the Northeast and Chicago area videos from this morning.

    More than 110,000 lightning strikes occurred in the northeast third of the nation in the 24 hours ending at 11 a.m. EDT today (June 13).

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