The Drought Response Committee decided Tuesday to continue the least-serious drought alert for 37 of South Carolina's 46 counties.
The committee says the only counties with no drought worries at the moment are Berkeley, Charleston, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg.
The incipient drought for the rest of the state is the least serious category. The others are moderate, severe and extreme.
State climatologist Hope Mizzell says South Carolina has had below-normal rainfall since September. Mizzell says experts are expecting a a dry winter.
The committee plans to meet again in January to decide whether to upgrade the alert.