- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The latest report shows the drought is getting worse in western North Carolina.

The latest report from the North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council on Thursday showed that 16 counties in western North Carolina are now considered to be in a severe drought.

Help is on the way.

Hydrologist Joshua Palmer with the National Weather Service office in Greer, South Carolina, said up to 5 inches of rain was possible this weekend. Palmer said at least 1 to 3 inches of rain was expected.

Palmer said the steady nature of the rain will help, giving the water time to seep into the soil and replenish streams.

So far this year, Asheville has received nearly 27 inches of rain. The normal amount is about 34 inches.

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