There’s a moderate drought in Wake and surrounding counties, according to the N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council.
The moderate drought advisory affects some counties in the northern Piedmont region: Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Lee, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren.
The council advises water users to adhere to local water use restrictions and to minimize nonessential water uses.
The advisory identified other counties in the Piedmont and Coastal Plains as abnormally dry. Those counties should closely monitor water supply sources, the advisory said.
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By October, the Piedmont gets between 35 to 40 inches of rain on average, according to the National Weather Service. This year, pockets of the Piedmont have only received 25 to 30 inches of rain, especially in Randolph, Chatham, Lee and Moore counties, despite an active hurricane season so far.
But not all counties have come short of rain this year.
Counties in the western Piedmont region have experienced higher levels of rain than normal. Mecklenburg, Rowan and Cabarrus counties have received up to 50 inches of rain this year, higher than the average.
To find more information about water use restrictions in respective counties, check the statewide water supply summary monitored by the Division of Water Resources.