Drought conditions grow
Drought is strengthening in southwestern North Carolina, with 14 counties now in moderate drought and an additional 58 labeled abnormally dry.
Counties experiencing moderate drought include Jackson, Macon, Transylvania and Henderson. Over the past 30 days, areas such as Hickory and Morganton have had less than 1 inch of rain. The City of Hendersonville has advised customers to reduce water use by 20%, including limits on car washing and irrigation.
These drought designations are based on a U.S. Drought Monitor of N.C. map released Oct. 12 using data collected as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10.