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Drought eases in north, expands in south

The latest Drought Monitor shows that while drought has reduced slightly in northern areas of the Southeast, moderate drought has been introduced to some coastal areas of Georgia and severe drought has expanded in Florida.  The heavy rain that was received in last week’s strong storms covered most of the region but weakened significantly before it reached central Florida, leading to little to no rain received there.  That expanded the drought.  With almost no rain expected in the next few days, it is likely that drought will hold steady or expand slightly in next week’s Monitor.