(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- The South Carolina Drought Response Committee placed all 46 counties across the state in incipient drought -- the lowest level of drought -- on Thursday.
This action came despite forecasts of rain for next week, because the committee "couldn't ignore the incipient drought designation by several indicators."
"There was a lot of discussion about whether to upgrade certain counties especially in the Upstate since there was not overwhelming support by all indicators," South Carolina State Climatologist Hope Mizzell said. "However, the committee decided to err on the side of caution and upgrade the declaration."
All monitoring stations have recorded less than eight inches of rain in the past 60 days.
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