Move over, California: Florida has the USA’s worst drought

Move over, California: Florida has the USA’s worst drought.
Sixty-six percent of the state is now in a drought, the highest percentage of any U.S. state, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Parts of the state north of Lake Okeechobee are now enduring "extreme" drought, the second-worst level.
Only Florida and a portion of northern Georgia are seeing extreme drought.
Not surprisingly, the drought is due to an ongoing lack of rainfall.
"Drier than normal conditions have persisted for several months" in Florida, the National Weather Service said.
Many Florida cities have seen far less rain than usual this year.
The dryness has worsened wildfires across the state, with nearly 1,900 fires reported so far this year, the Florida Forest Service said.
Those fires have burned 153,315 acres, which is more than the state usually sees in an entire year, the Associated Press said.
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam recently described this year as the most active fire season since 2011.

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