COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State officials say all of South Carolina is now in the early stages of drought.
The state Drought Response Committee voted Thursday to place all 46 counties in South Carolina in an incipient drought. The lowest stage of drought means conditions are getting unusually dry.
Officials say this fall hasn't seen a lot of rain, and lake levels have been dropping. There is rain forecast statewide for the end of the weekend, but State Climatologist Hope Mizzell says the state will need above normal rainfall over the winter to get out of the drought.
The United States Drought Monitor map also lists nearly the entire state except for Charleston, Berkeley and Oconee counties as abnormally dry. A small area near the Savannah River Site is listed in moderate drought.