The lingering drought continues to spread and intensify across the Southeast. Thursday’s release of the U.S. Drought Monitor shows dry conditions stretch throughout Georgia. Most of the state is now classified as moderately dry, though nearly all of the state is at least abnormally dry.
The moderately dry conditions stretch as far south as Mitchell, Colquitt and Cook counties and moves northward to Fannin and Whitfield counties. The worst conditions continue to be isolated to the east coast, where Effingham, Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties are severely dry.
Florida’s abnormally dry conditions are observed in the northern region of the state and in the Panhandle in Walton, Holmes and Jackson counties. Dry conditions are also being experienced in Wakulla, Gadsden and Leon counties and stretches eastward to Duval and Saint Johns counties.
Abnormally dry conditions in Alabama are observed in both the eastern and western boundaries of the state and in all of North Alabama. Moderately dry conditions are seen in Colbert, Lauderdale and Limestone counties in North Alabama as well as Pickens, Greene and Sumter counties along the Alabama-Mississippi state line.
All of South Carolina is either abnormally dry, moderately dry or severely dry as is the case for North Carolina as well.