Severe drought creeps into western North Carolina

Copyright: WNCN

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (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.

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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