CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Federal officials say drought conditions in West Virginia are worsening as unusually high heat continues to beat down on the region.
The U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows large swaths of southern West Virginia in a severe drought, a designation that includes the likely loss of crops and water shortages. The map also classifies the entire northern part of the state as abnormally dry.READ MORE: Balloon Release Held For Steven Eason, The 15-Year-Old Central Catholic Student Shot And Killed At Haunted Hills Hayride
Officials say nearly 50% of the state’s population is now in a drought.READ MORE: Homeowner Says He Is Left With 'Nothing' After Alleged Hidden Holding Tanks Sour His Dreams
The National Weather Service marked last month as one of warmest and driest Septembers on record in multiple West Virginia cities. Less than one inch of rain was recorded in the month.
Temperatures measured on Oct. 1 also surpassed record highs for the month in five cities.MORE NEWS: Steelers Remind Fans Of Indoor Mask Requirement At Heinz Field Ahead Of Sunday's Game
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