Drought Tightens Grip on North Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia's drought grew worse over the past week as "exceptional" dry conditions spread through the northeast corner of the state.

Some 12%of the state is now locked in exceptional drought conditions, the government's worst category. About 1% of the state was in that category last week.

State climatologist David Stooksbury said Thursday the conditions gripping the region have grown harsher as water levels in reservoirs and streams plumb record lows.

He also said Lake Lanier and other key reservoirs may not fully recover this winter even with normal rain levels.

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