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Drought, abmornally dry conditions in all of NC

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RALEIGH — Drought experts say all of North Carolina’s counties are suffering from drought or abnormally dry conditions for the first time in seven months.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released a map Thursday that shows drought in the western part of the state. Most of the region is under a moderate drought, which is the least severe among the four drought categories.

A pocket of counties along the western border with South Carolina is one tier higher at severe drought.

The eastern half of North Carolina is experiencing abnormally dry conditions, which means drought isn’t present but could return without adequate rainfall.

Woody Yonts, chairman of the state Drought Management Advisory Council, is asking residents to conserve water as rainfall amounts fall well-below average. Ground water levels are also dropping.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Drought experts say all of North Carolina’s counties are suffering from drought or abnormally dry conditions for the first time in seven months.

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