PIERRE — Drought conditions continue to get worse across South Dakota. Flash drought is continuing to impact both North and South Dakota. A large area of abnormally dry conditions in east central South Dakota have shrunk to now only include southern Sully, central and western Hughes, southern Stanley and northern Jones and Lyman County. Moderate drought has expanded across eastern Hughes and much of Sully and Potter Counties. A band of severe drought extends through western Haakon County to Jackson and Ziebach Counties. Moderate drought has increased by 36-percent in Hughes County this week. Moderate drought increased 69-percent in Sully County and 92-percent in Hyde County. The worst drought remains along the southern border with Nebraska; Jackson, Bennett and Oglala Lakota County and an area from Beadle County southeast to Aurora and Davison Counties.