All of South Carolina is under a moderate drought. That's according to a declaration from the State Drought Response Committee.

State climatologist Hope Mizzell says drying farm land and rapidly dropping stream and river flows led the committee to today's vote to upgrade the drought. Mizzell says a moderate drought doesn't require mandatory action by public water systems or the public, but it is a warning conditions are getting worse.

Last month, the drought committee declared South Carolina in an incipient drought -- the first of 4 stages in the drought classification.

Much of South Carolina outside the Upstate got soaking rains last weekend from the remnants of Tropical Storm Barry. But the storms were not enough to counter at least six dry months in many areas.

Forecasts for the rest of the week show no chance for immediate relief. it's expected to be dry and hot with highs in the low to mid 90s.