The accompanying picture shows how the rain last week has improved our drought. And this update only includes rain through Tuesday earlier this week.
The changes are substantial and very positive. Across both states the total number of people affected by drought dropped from 8.5 million people to 3.6 million people.
In North Carolina, the area covered by severe drought dropped from 10% of the state to 2%. The areas affected by moderate drought dropped from 41% to 18% of the state.
In South Carolina, the area covered by severe drought dropped from 26% of the state to 11%. The areas affected by moderate drought dropped from 66% to 32% of the state.
Obviously we have much more rain in the forecast for Friday and the weekend and there is a good chance it will wipe out the rest of the drought conditions and also replenish our lakes. Of course the concern is we may be paying a heavy price for this with flooding.
Stay tuned to WBTV News and check WBTV.com and the WBTV Weather App throughout the weekend for updates on the progress of Hurricane Joaquin and our heavy rainfall.