Record rainfall at RDU as storms roll over Triangle

From staff reportsJuly 16, 2014 

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Clara Eickhoff, a member of the Durham Bulls Sponsorship Services takes leave of her regular assignments to help pull a tarp over the field as heavy thunderstorms arrive in Durham. Activities for the practice day of the Triple-A All Star game were shortened due to the heavy storms that pounded the Triangle.

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— Thunderstorms that moved through the area Tuesday dropped more than 4 inches of rain at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, handily beating the record for the date.

The National Weather Service said it recorded 4.21 inches of rain, with 2 inches of that falling between 5 and 6 p.m.

The date’s previous record was 2.8 inches in 1954.

In Durham, volunteer observers who work with the weather service recorded a maximum of 3.51 inches.

The rainfall pushed the year-to-date rainfall total at RDU to 27.47 inches, which is 4.71 inches wetter than normal.

There were no reports of major damage from the storm, though highways clogged because of accidents, and some trees were downed.

The weather service said the strongest recorded wind gust at the airport was 24 mph.

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