Richmond County on Tuesday was listed among 63 counties in North Carolina as being in the abnormally dry category for drought conditions.
On Thursday, the Hamlet Water Treatment Plant recorded 1.5 inches of rain which fell as a thunderstorm passed over Richmond County.
Abnormal conditions (D0) are fifth on a scale of from zero to D4. It describes conditions for agriculture and the level of water.
The N.C. Drought Management Advisory Council said water users should closely monitor their water supply source for diminished capacity and take precautions to prepare for impending drought conditions.
Conditions can be monitored at www.ncdrought.org.