Severe Drought In Coastal Counties

Drought conditions have worsened in Eastern Carolina with fourteen coastal counties now in a severe drought. That is the second worst of the four drought categories.

Those counties are Beaufort, Camden, Carteret, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties.

Another group of Eastern Carolina counties are under moderate drought conditions. They are Bertie, Chowan, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Lenoir, Martin, Northampton and Pitt counties.

“We are seeing below normal streamflows and groundwater levels due to the recent lack of rainfall and high temperatures, especially along the coast,” said Tom Reeder, director of the N.C. Division of Water Resources. “There have not been any reports of water supply impacts. But if these dry conditions continue, we will likely see greater impacts into the summer months.”


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  • by anon Location: Pitt County on Jun 7, 2011 at 05:24 PM
    Rainfall varies in Pitt County. I seems like the area NE of Greenville gets less rain. Would love to see a study of rainfall in various locals in Pitt COunty. Wonder if the heat rising from all the pavement in G'ville sucks the moisture from the air.
  • by Mistake Location: Tyrrell on Jun 2, 2011 at 01:00 PM
    Not a drought in one spot in my yard.My water hose bust sometime this morning due to the heat me leaving it on.I got a nice puddle.Cant wait for the water bill.
  • by Brown Corn on Jun 2, 2011 at 10:37 AM
    I'm already seeing the stress on the corn. It needs rain soon!...or it will pop! lol (get plenty of butter & salt ready)
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