Severe drought conditions impact central NC

RALEIGH An assessment of drought conditions released Thursday estimates that more than 80 percent of the state is abnormally dry. Parts of North Carolina from Charlotte to Raleigh face the worst conditions while coastal counties are considered fine.

North Carolina has grown increasingly parched over the last month due to a lack of significant rainfall. The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council recommends that people who live in areas of severe drought eliminate nonessential uses of water. Council chairman Woody Yonts says water supplies are OK right now.

Dry conditions now cover much of the South.

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