Drought conditions are getting worse in western North Carolina, according to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor assessment released Sept. 10.
Five counties in North Carolina are now considered to be in a severe drought. Those are Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Polk and Rutherford.
A number of counties in western and central North Carolina are considered to be in a moderate drought. Most other counties in the state are abnormally dry.
About a dozen counties near the coast have no drought problems.
The National Weather Service in Greer, South Carolina, reports the Charlotte area is about 7 inches below normal in rainfall.
Meteorologist Neil Dixon told The Charlotte Observer that conditions in the Charlotte area were slightly above normal through April. He says the region has been below normal since May.
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