Rain-packed storms cut drought in Iowa, Nebraska

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Storms last week brought with them some peril in the
form of wind and large hail but they also delivered enough rain to significantly
relieve drought conditions in Iowa and Nebraska.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows Iowa's remaining
drought is mostly confined to the northwest and southeast corners of the state.
About 40 percent of the state has some drought down from nearly 56 percent a
week earlier.

In Nebraska, the drought area has been reduced to 63 percent of the state from
nearly 70 percent the week before. Extreme drought was removed from central

About 30 percent of the 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico have moderate drought or
worse, compared with 31 percent a week earlier.

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