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Drought conditions worsen in the region

National Weather Service

The latest drought monitor from the National Weather Service shows much of west central Illinois and southeast Iowa is in a severe drought.

Last week much of the area was in a moderate drought.

Data released Thursday shows Henderson, Hancock, Knox, Warren, and McDonough counties in Illinois and Lee and Des Moines counties in Iowa have advanced to severe drought conditions.

That means crop or pasture losses are likely, there’s a very high risk of fire, and water shortages may lead to restrictions.

Also in the tri states region, part of Van Buren County, Iowa, and much of northeast Missouri are now in an extreme drought.

Under those conditions, major crop and pasture losses are likely, the danger of fire is extreme, and water shortages and restrictions could be widespread.

Some rain is forecast for the region this weekend.

There is a 70% chance of rain Saturday evening, with up to a half inch possible.

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Jane Carlson is TSPR's regional reporter.