Fifty-one percent of the continental U.S. – primarily in the central and western regions – is in moderate to exceptional drought. Drought conditions are expected to persist, with new drought development, in California, the Southwest, the southern Rockies, Texas and Florida. The outlook favors some improvement in the Midwest, the northern and central Great Plains, Georgia, the Carolinas and northern Alaska.

"Weather can turn on a dime, so it's important to stay tuned to the daily weather forecast. Spring weather, such as tornadoes and flash floods, develop quickly and require preparation and vigilance," says Furgione. Get ready for spring weather threats - buy a NOAA Weather Radio, bookmark to check your daily forecast, and visit FEMA's website for preparation and safety information.

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