UNDATED, Ala. (AP) - An ominous survey by the U.S. Drought Monitor was released today and it shows the drought just keeps growing in Alabama.
Dusty, dry conditions created by the exceptional conditions now cover more than 73 percent of the state from the Florida to Tennessee state lines.
Even though western counties are not included are in those worst category, all of Alabama is suffering from some drought condition.
More than 12 percent of the state is covered by the second worst condition, considered extreme.
The exceptional drought has plagued the state for months and includes parts of western Georgia, northern Florida and half of Tennessee.
Experts said those condition are forecast to persist in northern and central Alabama through November. It is also expected to spread north to Ohio and as far west as Missouri.
The D-4 or exceptional drought blanketing the Southeast remains the only areas of its kind in the U.S.
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