More Than Half of U.S. Counties Now Natural Disaster Areas

Friday, August 3, 2012
By Paul Martin

By Jillian MacMath
AccuWeather.com
Aug 3, 2012

More than half of the counties in the U.S. have now been labeled “natural disaster areas” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as of Wednesday.

The USDA added 218 more counties in 12 states to the list, due to “damage and losses caused by drought and excessive heat,” a USDA report reads.

“The core of the heat has been settling southward over the Plains in recent days,” Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

“While conditions may improve slightly in the coming weeks over the central Plains, they could get worse for a time in the southern Plains and interior Texas, as far as grazing lands are concerned.”

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