GSMNP preparing for effects of Florence

(GSMNP)  Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials are closely monitoring the projected path of Hurricane Florence.  The National Weather Service preliminary estimations suggest Hurricane Florence will make landfall as a major hurricane, Category 3 or higher, late Friday night into early Saturday morning near the North Carolina/South Carolina border.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park could see the effects of Hurricane Florence as early as Saturday, September 15.  By Sunday, tropical storm sustained winds of 60-70 mph with higher gusts could be experienced in the higher elevations of the park.

Weather conditions such as this typically cause flooding, landslides, road washouts, and numerous tree falls along roadways and trails.  Though there is much uncertainty with the track of Florence, if she continues on her projected path, wide spread closures may be in effect as early as Friday, September 14, and may include facilities, campgrounds, backcountry campsites and/or roads to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors.

Park Service officials will be closely monitoring forecasts and weather conditions and will provide further information, if warranted, as the storm approaches.  For up to date information about road conditions and park closures, please visit the park website at

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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