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Both East and West Coasts should see mostly clear skies Thursday while thunderstorms rumble across parts of the central U.S.

Central U.S.: A soggy storm will bring drenching rain and thunderstorms to parts of the High Plains and upper Midwest. Flash floods are possible where rain is heaviest, in states such as Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Tropical thunderstorms will also soak the Texas Gulf Coast.

East: Mostly clear skies and warm to hot temperatures will bake the eastern third of the nation, though some showers could dampen Florida. The Northeast and Great Lakes will stay in the mild 70s.

West: The West will also be clear and dry Thursday, though waves from faraway Tropical Storm Marie will continue to batter the beaches of southern California.

Weather history for Aug. 28: In 1979, severe weather and 20 tornadoes lashed the Midwest, leaving several people dead. In 1986, the temperature dropped to an August record low of 62 degrees in Apalachicola, Fla.

In 1990, a tornado hit Aurora, Ill., killing 29 people and injuring more than 350. In 1995, 20 inches of rain fell near Greer, S.C.



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