More rain headed toward Alabama

Jul 12, 2012

Forecasters say more storms are headed toward Alabama, but still more rain is needed to break a worsening drought.

The National Weather Service says there's a good chance of precipitation statewide on Thursday. The Tennessee Valley counties in north Alabama could get 1 or 2 inches of rain with gusty winds, and high temperatures will top out around 80 degrees.

There's an 80 percent chance of rain in central Alabama, and a 60 percent chance on the coast.

The rain is needed since nearly 92 percent of the state's acreage is now abnormally dry or in a full-blown drought. That's slightly worse than last week.

An area of extreme drought covers southeast Alabama nearly all the way to Montgomery, and a severe drought reaches into metro Birmingham.

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