Drought conditions are worsening across much of eastern North Carolina. Dry and warm conditions have persisted over the past few weeks and little change is expected for the next several days. Areas north of Rocky Mount are in a severe drought will much of northern North Carolina are in a moderate drought. The moderate drought is now creeping into our southern counties as well, especially south of Kenansville. The remainder of eastern North Carolina is considered abnormally dry. A good soaking rain is needed to alleviate these conditions. Fall is typically the driest time of the year unless a tropical system comes into the area. For now all the tropical systems are staying far away from us.