As expected, the drought gripping North Carolina has worsened, this from new data just out this morning.
Pitt, Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir, Wilson and Duplin counties are now under the most severe category--an exceptional drought.
The North Carolina Drought Advisory Council says 71 of the state's 100 counties are now in that exceptional drought category.
The new data show just 18 counties are in the second worst category--an extreme drought, while 11 counties are in the severe drought category.
Drought conditions have also worsened on the coast. Pamlico, Carteret and Hyde counties today moved from a moderate drought to severe drought.