Severe drought creeps into western North Carolina

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Areas of drought in the southeast have begun to decline

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — Drought is creeping into western North Carolina, with parts of four mountain counties now considered in a severe drought.

The National Weather Service says the dry stretch began in the spring after record-breaking rainfall in Asheville in November and December. Since the beginning of March, Asheville has received just half of its average rainfall.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor has placed parts of Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Transylvania counties in severe drought. Ten other North Carolina mountain counties are in a moderate drought from McDowell County westward.

Media outlets report farmers are worried about crops and Hendersonville utility officials may soon ask for voluntary water conservation.

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