Drought conditions worsening quickly across Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A new report says drought conditions are worsening quickly across Alabama.

The latest federal assessment released Thursday shows more than three-quarters of the state is experiencing abnormally low rainfall. That compares to just 53 percent a week ago.

In all, the U.S. Drought Monitor says about 2.2 million Alabamians live in areas affected by drought.

Conditions are worst in northeastern Alabama, and all but a handful of counties are too dry on the eastern side of the state.

The drought is reducing the amount of water flowing through rivers and streams into lakes. Earlier this week, Alabama Power Co. said the conditions have resulted in lower levels at its reservoirs, and it is reducing the amount of water it releases from dams.

No major rainfall is predicted through next week.

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