Storms take aim at large wildfires in South


Authorities say rain is helping contain wildfires in South Carolina's northwestern corner, but clean-up efforts will continue for weeks. "We're all knocking on wood".

Drought conditions will likely persist, authorities said.

"Most of the state had a wet spring and summer, but going into the fall months we are about 9 inches below normal".

"I would say it's way too early to say 'Yes, this drought is over, '" Svoboda said. "Yes, but we have a long ways to go".

Dave Martin of the U.S. Forest Service says high winds on the leading edge of the front could topple dead trees and put firefighters in danger.

The state requested the addition of Greenville County to the grant on November 25 and FEMA approved the request Monday, with an effective date of November 25, according to a news release.

The weather service said severe thunderstorms, including wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour and a possibility of tornadoes, were possible from 7 p.m. Monday through 2 a.m. Tuesday.

In Mississippi, more than 14,000 customers were without power Monday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday added Greenville County to a Fire Management Assistance Grant to help offset costs of fighting the Pinnacle Mountain wildfire in Pickens County. The Boteler fire is 85 percent contained while the Tellico Fire is 95 percent.

No deaths have been reported, though several people were hospitalized with burns, emergency officials said in the news release.

Central Alabama can expect severe weather beginning Tuesday afternoon through early Wednesday afternoon.

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