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Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 07/14/2010

Drought watch issued for Virginia

By Washington Post editors

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has issued a statewide drought watch for the Commonwealth.

Above-average temperatures and a deficit of rain -- despite the storms that moved through the area late Tuesday -- have left the region very dry.

About 86 percent of the state is experiencing abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions as defined by the U.S. Drought Monitor, officials said in a news release. Some areas have received less than 50 percent of the average precipitation.

Updated information on the current drought status and water conservation tips are available on the DEQ website at

By Washington Post editors  | July 14, 2010; 12:27 PM ET
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