Hurricane Irene Erases Eastern Carolina Drought

Eastern Carolina's drought conditions have been wiped out, thanks to Hurricane Irene.

A new drought map shows no drought conditions for the east, while only Wayne and Duplin counties are listed as abnormally dry.

Before the hurricane many of our counties were under extreme and severe drought conditions. Hurricane Irene dumped between 12" and 14" of rain in many counties on Saturday.


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  • by Roy Location: Rocky Mount on Sep 4, 2011 at 02:48 PM
    I measured 7" at my house. Even if it didn't soak in completely, it did go a long way towards easing the drought.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 at 07:04 PM
    BULL!!!!!!!!!!! 80% of that rain water rain off and into the rivers. You can't count rain totals witn. how much soaked in?
  • by OBX on Sep 1, 2011 at 02:28 PM
    So...Does this mean the Pains Bay fire is officially out? Apparently this didn't even put out the Virginia fire!
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      by Wharf Rat on Sep 1, 2011 at 03:57 PM in reply to OBX
      I saw that too, unbelievable!
  • by FedUp II Location: Greenville on Sep 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    I've heard people say that we needed a hurricane to end the drought, looks like they were right...Maybe they are the ones putting their shingles back on!
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