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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The drought in South Carolina is worsening, according to new information released by state weather experts.

The Drought Response Committee upgraded the drought status of all 46 South Carolina counties Tuesday.

In the Midlands, Lexington, Newberry, and Saluda Counties are now in the "severe" category. That's the second highest category behind "extreme."

State Climatologist Hope Mizzell said rainfall has been below normal since September.

"Most locations that were upgraded to severe drought have received less than 50% of normal rainfall over the last 60 days resulting in deteriorating hydrologic conditions," Mizzell said in a statement.

She said the last time this many counties were in severe drought was in 2009.

Fairfield, Richland, Sumter, Calhoun, Clarendon andOrangeburg are in the"moderate" stage. Lee County is in incipient.

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