A majority of counties in the state have been upgraded to the second level of drought known as moderate. The State Drought Response Committee made the decision on the counties during a conference call Friday morning. State Climatologist Hope Mizell says agriculture has been adversely affected in those counties. Most of the counties in the Midlands and Upstate remain in incipient or first stage of drought.
Mizell says rainfall levels in the affected counties have been below normal for weeks. Mizell says the decision was made to raise awareness that drought conditions are intensifying in a number of areas of the state.