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Drought conditions persist across Eastern NC

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US Drought Monitor of North Carolina
The updated map released May 5 shows nearly a dozen ENC counties in severe drought.

A lack of significant rainfall across Eastern North Carolina means more counties are affected by drought. The latest map from the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council shows all or parts of 11 counties are in severe drought, including Duplin, Lenoir, Pitt, Wayne, and Wilson counties. Pender County, which received less than 0.25 inches of rain over the past two weeks was added to the list of counties in severe drought. Seventeen counties are experiencing moderate drought conditions and 16 are abnormally dry. Limited rainfall last week solidified drought conditions across the eastern part of the state and caused abnormally dry conditions in Western NC. The National Weather Service's forecast for ENC calls for showers and thunderstorms Friday and Saturday.