Drought con­di­tions worsen across 14 South­ern states

The Saline Courier - - NEWS -

AT­LANTA — More than 45 mil­lion peo­ple across 14 South­ern states are now in the midst of what’s be­ing called a “flash drought” that’s crack­ing farm soil, dry­ing up ponds and rais­ing the risk of wild­fires, sci­en­tists said Thurs­day.

The weekly U.S. Drought Mon­i­tor re­port re­leased Thurs­day shows ex­treme drought con­di­tions in parts of Texas, Alabama, Ge­or­gia, Ken­tucky, South Carolina and the Florida pan­han­dle. Lesser drought con­di­tions also have ex­panded in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississipp­i.

Over­all, nearly 20 per­cent of the lower 48 U.S. states is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing drought con­di­tions.

Last week, Alabama Power said it was re­duc­ing wa­ter re­leases from its hy­dro­elec­tric dams be­cause of the drought. The move was in­tended to pre­vent lakes from shrink­ing too much.

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