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U.S. Drought Disaster Plagues Additional Counties in 19 States

Posted by feww on September 6, 2012

Hundreds of additional counties across 19 states declared disaster areas

About 400 additional counties* across 19 states have been declared agricultural disaster areas, mostly due to the ongoing drought, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The disasters have occurred in the following states:

  • California, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wyoming.

[NOTE: The above figure includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.  Duplications have occurred due to multiple disaster designations.]

U.S. Drought Disaster Map, September 5, 2012. Source: USDA. Edited for brevity by FIRE-EARTH.

U.S. Drought Map, September 4, 2012.

As of September 4, 2012, Abnormally Dry to Exceptional Drought levels (drought conditions D0 – D4 on the US Drought Montor chart) covered 77.69% of Contiguous U.S., 80.57% of Hawaii, 29.28% of Alaska and 33.34% of Puerto Rico, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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