- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina seems to be drying up in the summer heat.

The Greenville News reported (https://grnol.co/29hvgnb) the South Carolina Drought Response Committee is to meet Friday. State Climatologist Hope Mizzell says several Upstate counties are likely to be declared in the first stage of drought.

Mizzell says Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties are among the hardest hit parts of the state.

The National Weather Service reports that the Greenville-Spartanburg area has gotten only 1.2 inches of rain since June 1. That’s more than 3 inches below normal.

Mizzell says no South Carolina county has been designated in drought status since last October’s flooding.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says reservoirs are holding up pretty well so far this summer.

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Information from: The Greenville News, https://www.greenvillenews.com

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