Alabama's Drought Grows Worse According to Specialists

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - For Alabama, where the worst drought conditions developed last spring, its keeps getting worse.

The latest survey conducted by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows 99 percent of the state, except for the extreme southern tip of Alabama, remains under some stage of drought.

46 percent of the state is under D-4 classification, the worst on the scale. The D-4 area fans out from the northeast corner that has seen no relief since early June.

Almost a quarter of the Southeast are parched by exceptional drought conditions. That includes 36 percent of Georgia, 35 percent of Tennessee and 30 percent of South Carolina. Other states touched by worsening drought conditions are North Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia.

As it has been all year, the D-4 area in the Southeast is the only one in the U.S. Drought experts predict the dry conditions could hold on, at least until next summer.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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