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Locals compare recent rain to Hurricane Matthew in Outer Banks

July 30, 2018

The Outer Banks has seen record-setting weather – and not the good kind.

The Outer Banks has seen record-setting weather – and not the good kind.

With one day to go, July 2018 has been the wettest July on record for the Cape Hatteras area.

Tropical Storm Chris, which later became a hurricane, dropped some of the moisture, but heavy rain has also been an issue in the last 10 days.

“It’s just a lot of rain, a lot of heavy rain. It just keeps coming down,” said John Sobczak.

The locals say the amount of rain is comparable to Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

“Matthew didn’t go on for 10 days. Yesterday, the water was all the way up to the vehicles here,” Sobczak said.

Piper Smith was up all night pumping water from her Dare County home.

North Carolina Department of Transportation workers have been working to keep the roads open, clearing storm drains so the waters can recede.

“As many as we can get to, we check them and clear them,” said Matt Costell with the DOT. “It’s just as much (rain) as a hurricane.”

By Monday afternoon, the skies cleared, but rain remains in the forecast.

So far, no major damage has been reported.

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