RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- The brown lawns and wilting crops are a sign the high heat and little rain is taking its toll. The state Drought Management Advisory Council is notifying some areas of the Triad to be prepared for "impending drought conditions."
The agency has classified parts of Stokes, Rockingham, Randolph and Montgomery County in "Abnormally Dry" category.
"We need rain," said Kelly Loflin, of Randolph County, who enjoys spending time in her garden which last received rain more than a week ago. "It was an afternoon thunderstorm and we got 2/10th [of an inch of rain].
The council states on its website that residents in the areas should "closely monitor their water supply source" and "take precautions to prepare for impending drought conditions."
"You got to keep them watered," said tomato grower Charles MacIntosh, of Randleman. He's planted more than 400 German Johnson tomato plants and is having to water a lot more. "When Mother Nature doesn't supply it you have to make sure it gets water."
To learn more visit www.ncdrought.org.