U.S. Drought Monitor Across the United States, severe to extreme drought conditions continued throughout much of the Southeast region, the western U.S., and some areas in the northern Great Lakes region. Exceptional drought persisted in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, North and South Carolina and parts of Kentucky and Virginia. On October 30, 57% of the western U.S., 67% in the Southeast, and 35% of the contiguous U.S. were in moderate to exceptional drought, according to the Federal U.S. Drought Monitor.
In the state of Georgia, the exceptional drought has taken a toll on the state's water supplies, forcing the governor to declare a state of emergency across the northern half of the state. Lake Lanier, a 15,380 hectares (38,000 acres) reservoir in the northern part of the state, serves more than 3 million residents with water and it is feared that it might be in total depletion in 3 more months (BBC News).