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GSMNP cautions visitors as Tropical Depression Nate moves through East Tennessee

Park officials ask visitors to limit their outdoor activities in the park during dangerous weather periods.

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.

The National Park Service is also saying Little River Road from the Sugarlands to the Tennessee Wye is temporarily closed because of fallen trees.

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.

RELATED: Blue Ridge Parkway closures ahead of Nate

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.