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Drought conditions continue to worsen

For yet another week, drought conditions continue to worsen in Covington County.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released its weekly map of data associated with the drought and all of the county is at least in a moderate drought, while the southern portion is in a severe drought and the southeastern portion is in an extreme drought.

A small bit of rain in portions of the county last week did little or nothing to help.

The southeastern portion is among the hardest-hit by the drought in state.

Most of the state increased in the amount of drought it is experiencing.

  • 54.08 percent of the state is in moderate drought, up from 35.36 percent last week.
  • 14.45 percent of the state is in severe drought, which is an increase from 11.99 percent last week.
  • 5.39 percent is in extreme drought, also an increase from 3.54 percent last week.

There is a possibility for rain in the coming days starting Saturday with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. That chance continues on Sunday. By Monday, the forecast increases to 30 percent, then 40 percent on Columbus Day and 50 percent by Tuesday.