Illinois Twins Named Valedictorian and Salutatorian at High School

ABCNews.com(MONMOUTH, Ill.) -- The top two seniors at United High School in Monmouth, Illinois have tons in common.

Addison and Cole McKee are in fact twins, with Addison becoming the school's valedictorian and Cole being the school's salutatorian. Both brother and sister gave speeches at the school's graduation ceremony, which took place Saturday.

"They both are really driven on their own," their mother Freda McKee told ABC News affiliate WQAD-TV. "I would say they are the best of friends, but they also can probably be the worse of enemies."

The only thing holding Cole back from being the number one student at United High was the fact that he earned a B in World History.

"The only rebuttal I have to that is ACT score, because I beat her in that," Cole quipped.

Aside from both speaking at their graduation, the Cole twins also took the same classes, played the same sports and even had the same job while matriculating. They even plan to attend the same college this fall.

And although the twins admit to a friendly competition, they're still very supportive of each other.

"I think we're kind of like each other's biggest fans in a way," Addison said.

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California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfires

California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfiresGoogle Earth(NEW YORK) -- Ravaged by a slew of deadly wildfires in recent days, northern California is set to get a bit of relief this week in the form of rain.

A storm system is expected to move over the Pacific Northwest later this week and the trailing cold front will most likely bring some much-needed rain to northern California between Thursday and Friday, according to ABC meteorologists.

"It will rain a bit but not enough to fully douse the blazes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said in a statement Tuesday. "The biggest advantage to firefighters will be the increase in humidity and lower temperatures."

Massive wildfires have charred more than 245,000 acres of land statewide in the past week, killing at least 41 people and destroying thousands of homes, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling about a dozen wildfires as of late Tuesday evening, although most of them were more than halfway contained.

“The weather today will be warm with low humidity, which will continue to challenge firefighters, but only light winds are forecast,” CalFire said in a statement on Tuesday. “A chance of precipitation is expected to arrive later in the week, bringing relief from the dry conditions.”

The northern parts of the Golden State, which has bared the brunt of the fire damage, is forecast to see an influx of cloudy, cooler and wetter weather later in the week, according to AccuWeather.

Spotter from Los Osos was reporting sprinkles from this high level moisture. Dry at lower levels. Rain evaporates. Also called "Virga" #cawx pic.twitter.com/sgxj3bdXZQ

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 18, 2017

However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

Separately, a band of moisture, referred to as Atmospheric River by weather experts, is currently stretching between Asia and North America. It’s expected to bring several storm systems into many parts of the Pacific Northwest through the rest of the week.

The first of these storms have already hit the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts of between 40 and 74 mph.

A number of wind warnings and flood watches are in effect in the western and northern parts of the U.S. ahead of the storm.

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