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Fri September 9, 2011
WVAS Local

Tropical storm lessen drought impact across Ala

Montgomery, AL – A new government report shows heavy
rains from Tropical Storm Lee dramatically improved the drought
outlook across much of Alabama.
Parts of the state received 10 inches of rain from Lee, and
statistics released Thursday show the result of the downpour. While
80 percent of the state was abnormally dry or in a drought this
time last week, about 54 percent of the state is that dry this
week.
The Tennessee Valley and most of west Alabama are drought-free,
but much of central Alabama and the entire southeastern quarter of
the state remain in a drought. Conditions are worst in a roughly
21-county area that includes Montgomery County, the Auburn and
Opelika area, Dothan, Phenix City, and much of the Wiregrass
region.
The rains reduced the threat of wildfires statewide.