Despite rain in the forecast, updated conditions show the drought getting worse in North Carolina.
Now a good part of Eastern Carolina is back in extreme drought conditions this week. And two counties in our area, Wilson & Nash, are back under an exceptional drought--the worst classification. This as just two counties in the state, Dare & Tyrrell, remain in a moderate drought.
Today Governor Mike Easley called on all state residents to continue to conserve water, even tough rain is predicted for the weekend. The latest drought map shows an exceptional drought has returned to more than half of the state's counties.
The state says roughly 79% of residents are under some type of mandatory water restrictions because of the drought.