Ala. drought expanding, according to Monitor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The latest drought survey revealed a mixed bag of results in Alabama.

The U.S. Drought Monitor Survey shows 73 percent of the state is now under some stage of drought.

The Survey was released Thursday.

The worst category, D-2, covers approximately 2 percent of Alabama, mainly in northeast counties.

The Monitor said D-1 or moderate drought conditions more than doubled in size and expanded toward Montgomery.

Experts said the expansion is due to dry conditions over the past 30-90 days.

The survey also notes the "near record to record low levels" of rivers and surface water storage areas across the Southeast.

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