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National Park expects high winds, rain from Tropical Storm Nate

GATLINBURG, TN — Great Smoky Mountain National Park officials advise visitors that Tropical Storm Nate is expected to produce high winds and heavy rains throughout the park this evening. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from 4:00 p.m. today through 4:00 a.m. tomorrow for sustained winds of 40 mph and gusts over 58 mph. The park is also under a flash flood watch in effect from 8:00 p.m. through 8:00 a.m. with between 4 to 8 inches of rain possible.

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Rivers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can rise rapidly. Image by Jeaneane Payne.

Heavy winds and rains can cause trees to fall, localized flooding, and debris movement along banks and roadways. Visitors are cautioned to limit their outdoor activities in the park during this hazardous weather time period. Visitors should anticipate an increased risk for high stream crossings and down trees throughout the park.

Park roads and areas may close due to hazardous conditions. Follow SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter for the latest information on main road closures in the park.

Published October 8, 2017

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