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      SC Drought Response Committee: SC is drought free

      South Carolina is drought free for the first time since 2010, according to the South Carolina Drought Response Committee.

      COLUMBIA (WACH / AP) - South Carolina is drought free for the first time since 2010, according to the South Carolina Drought Response Committee.

      The committee met via teleconference on Wednesday to discuss the latest state drought information.

      State climatologist Hope Mizell says the last time South Carolina was downgraded to no drought was on December 9, 2010. That no drought designation lasted until June 2010.

      Since the committee last met in late January, there were some two category jumps from moderate to no drought, which officials say is rare. Newberry, Saluda, Lexington and Orangeburg counties jumped from moderate to no drought.

      The latest report has Fairfield, Richland, Kershaw, Lee, Calhoun, Clarendon, Sumter changed one level from incipient to no drought.

      Rainfall from December through April was above normal in most of the higher elevations in the northwestern portion of the state. In some pockets, more than double the normal rainfall fell in that period.

      Mizell says that Charleston has had one of its wettest winters and early springs ever.

      Officials expect at least average rainfall in the coming months.

      Drought levels: Normal (No Drought) - Green, Incipient - Yellow, Moderate - Orange, Severe -Red and Extreme - Hot Pink.

      (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)