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CW DMAG Update - November 1, 2006 Low Inflow Protocol (LIP) Drought Indicators

The following are the Low Inflow Protocol (LIP) drought indicators as of the end of November 1, 2006:

Storage Indicator (SI):          71.51%
Target Storage Index=          69%
Ratio=                                103.64% (Supports Normal)

Streamflow Indicator (six-month average versus historical six-month average):

Ratio=                       86.9% (Supports Normal)

US Drought Monitor (three-month average):
Three-month Numeric Average= -0.67 (Supports Normal)

The C-W Basin was in a Stage 1 at the end of September 2006, and all indicators have to recover to move back up to a lower Stage, which they have. Duke Energy therefore checked the three groundwater gages and noted that each one was still in a Stage 0 or Stage 1. Therefore, Duke recommends that we conservatively remain in Stage 1 and see the direction of the three groundwater wells at least one more month before moving back to a watch or normal conditions.

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