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Storms improve California drought situation

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Posted at 1:38 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 16:38:48-05

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report shows improved conditions in California after a series of storms.

The update released Thursday shows just over 92 percent of the state ranges from abnormally dry to some level of drought, mostly of moderate intensity.

Extreme drought is now limited to a small area just south of the Oregon border.

At the start of the year, that designation had applied to parts of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties west of Los Angeles. But those areas are now at lower drought levels.

The data is valid as of Tuesday, and the Drought Monitor says there may be additional improvement because of continuing heavy precipitation since then.