Drought spreading southward in Alabama

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A new report shows that a choking drought is spreading southward across Alabama.

Federal statistics show nearly 90 percent of the state is now in a severe drought. And the U.S. Drought Monitor shows 65 percent of the state is in an extreme or exceptional drought.

Conditions are worst in the northern half of the state, where many areas haven’t had measurable rainfall in two months. The rainless period is setting records, and some places are more than 15 inches below normal rainfall for the year.

No-burn orders are in effect statewide, and Birmingham’s water system is charging extra for excessive water use beginning next month.

No relief is in sight, because forecasters say no substantial rain is in the forecast.

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