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‘Exceptional’ drought expands across northeast Alabama

Drought monitor valid Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Image: WHNT News 19)

Drought monitor valid Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Image: WHNT News 19)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Thursday’s new drought monitor shows a dramatic increase in the area of north Alabama under extreme and exceptional drought.

The extreme drought category has expanded to include nearly all of Madison County, as well as a part of Marshall and Morgan Counties. A small part of Lauderdale County, north of Florence has also been added to this category.

The worst level of drought, the exceptional drought, has also expanded to include most of Jackson County and a part of DeKalb County, where the large Fox Mountain fire continues burning.

The exceptional drought area also extends from northwest Georgia down into Calhoun, Cherokee and Clay Counties in east Alabama.

3.8 million people are estimated to be experiencing drought conditions in Alabama.