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This graphic from The National Drought Mitigation Center shows the drought status of the southern region. Part of Hamilton County is part of .01 percent of Tennessee in extreme drought status.
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Hamilton County, along with several other counties in the tri-state area, moved this week into extreme drought status, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Portions of several counties in the tri-state area, including Hamilton County, moved this week into extreme drought status, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.

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Most of the tri-state area is experiencing a drought. This graphic depicts the drought status of the southeast region. (Graphic by The National Drought Mitigation Center)

As of this week a small part of Hamilton County, almost all of Georgia's Dade and Walker counties and much of Catoosa County are affected. In Alabama, areas of Jackson and DeKalb counties also are in an extreme drought.

Part of Hamilton County is the .01 percent of Tennessee in extreme drought status, but most of the tri-state area remains in a severe drought with the largest portions being in North Georgia and North Alabama.

All of East Tennessee is abnormally dry or worse, according to the center, as more than 43 percent of the U.S. experiences similar conditions. 

The latest update from the drought center was released Thursday morning.

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