The latest drought monitor for North Carolina shows significant improvements across the Central and Eastern parts of the state. Now, only 12 counties are under extreme conditions while 50 are included within the severe category. After a week and a half of off-again and on-again rain, our lengthy drought is now moving in the right direction. Keep in mind, we are still in a severe drought for most of the News 14 Carolina viewing area. This means we need to maintain our saving ways and limit wasteful water useage.