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RALEIGH, N.C. -- All 100 North Carolina counties are
experiencing some sort of dry conditions, ranging from abnormally dry
to extreme drought, Gov. Mike Easley said.
"Despite recent scattered thunderstorms, the drought is expanding
into the southern coastal plains, the Triad and the Triangle," Easley
said. "The northeastern parts of the state are also now abnormally
dry and until we receive enough rainfall to replenish the groundwater
supplies, all North Carolinians need to do everything they can to
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor's map also shows that seven
counties in northeastern North Carolina that were not previously
listed in any drought category were added to the list of counties
that are abnormally dry.
The drought has caused 32 public water supply systems in the state
to restrict water use -- 23 have voluntary restrictions and nine have
mandatory ones, Easley said. The nine systems that have enacted
mandatory restrictions are located in Chatham, Johnston, New Hanover
and Union counties and the town of Blowing Rock.
The state's westernmost counties are experiencing the most extreme
drought. For several weeks, those 21 counties have been categorized
as experiencing either extreme or severe drought.
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