INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An updated federal report shows that drought continues in Northern Indiana and southwest Michigan continues to worsen with nearly one-fifth of Indiana now in the grips of an "exceptional" drought and all of southwest Michigan
Thursday's updated U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that despite rainfall in the past week about 19 percent of Indiana is experiencing an exceptional drought, which is the map's worst drought category. That parched area runs from southwestern Indiana into western and central portions of the state.
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An extreme drought covers about 58 percent of the state in an area spanning from the southwestern corner through the central counties to far northeastern Indiana. Overall, about 87 percent of Indiana is now facing at least a severe drought.
The federal government has declared a natural disaster in 64 Indiana counties.