Drought Watch

Recent rains have eased the state's severe drought, according to an advisory issued by the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council on Wednesday. But it's not over yet.

Moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions remain throughout most of central and Western North Carolina, it says.

Recent rains have helped reservoirs, including Falls Lake, which serves Raleigh, begin to recover, though people still are urged to conserve water.