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Rains help ease drought

South Mississippi is no longer in an exceptional drought, thanks to rain last weekend and all day Monday.

The U.S. Drought Monitor was released this morning, and the lower six counties are in an extreme drought. For about a month, the counties were in the worst category, exceptional drought. There are slivers of Hancock and Pearl River counties that still are in an exceptional drought.

Most areas received at least six inches of rain Monday, with some residents recording up to 13 inches.

For more on this story, see Friday's Sun Herald.