26% of California classified in worst drought category

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Friday, May 28, 2021
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U.S. Drought Monitor data shows more than a quarter of California is now classified in the worst category, Exceptional Drought.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- In just one week, California's drought has gone from bad to worse.

The latest map released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor illustrates the increase when compared to a map from the prior week.

Over 26% of the state is now classified in the worst category, Exceptional Drought. That includes parts of the Bay Area.

More than 74% of the state remains in the next highest tier, Extreme Drought.

More than 37 million people in the state live in a drought area.