- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Drought conditions are getting worse in western North Carolina.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released its latest assessment Thursday.

Five counties in North Carolina are now considered to be in a severe drought. Those are Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Polk and Rutherford.

A number of counties in western and central North Carolina are considered to be in a moderate drought. Most other counties in the state are abnormally dry.

About a dozen counties near the coast have no drought problems.

The National Weather Service in Greer, South Carolina, reports the Charlotte area is about 7 inches below normal in rainfall.

Meteorologist Neil Dixon told The Charlotte Observer (https://bit.ly/1i33i2H) that conditions in the Charlotte area were slightly above normal through April. He says the region has been below normal since May.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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