Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials say the storm is expected to create high winds and heavy rains throughout the park during the evening.
As of 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the National Park Service says Cherokee Orchard Road is closed because of fallen trees. U.S. Highway 411 and Newfound Gap Road from Gatlinburg to Cherokee, North Carolina is are also closed due to downed trees.
Cherokee Orchard Road is temporarily closed at the park boundary due downed trees.— Smokies Road Info (@SmokiesRoadsNPS) October 8, 2017
US Hwy 441/Newfound Gap Rd from Gatlinburg TN to Cherokee NC is temporarily closed due to fallen trees.— Smokies Road Info (@SmokiesRoadsNPS) October 8, 2017
The National Park Service is also saying Little River Road from the Sugarlands to the Tennessee Wye is temporarily closed because of fallen trees.
Little River Rd from the Sugarlands VC to the Townsend Wye is temporarily closed due to fallen trees.— Smokies Road Info (@SmokiesRoadsNPS) October 8, 2017
These conditions can cause trees to fall, flooding, and debris along banks and roadways. The park cautions visitors 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.
Officials have sent advisories and made contact with campers throughout the park to make sure they are aware.
You can stay up to date with any closures by following SmokiesRoadsNPS on Twitter.