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GSMNP reopening roads and facilities

(GSMNP)  On Tuesday, September 12, Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials began reopening roads and facilities at 6:00 a.m. Park crews continue to clear fallen trees and limbs along roadways and assessing campgrounds and facilities for reopening. The park is still under a National Weather Service Wind Advisory in Tennessee until 2:00 p.m.

Currently, the following roads and facilities have been reopened: Sugarlands Visitor Center, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Little River Road, Laurel Creek Road, Cades Cove Loop Road, Foothills Parkway West, Foothills Parkway East, Greenbrier, Cosby, and Tremont. Several park roads, including Newfound Gap Road, remain closed at this time. Several campgrounds also remain closed at this time. Visitors are encouraged to visit the park website, www.nps.gov/grsm to check on further reopenings.

Overnight, the park experienced winds across ridges of the higher elevations with sustained winds at Clingmans Dome of 33 mph and wind gusts up to 66 mph. To date, the park received 0.4 to 0.7 inches of rain. Stream gauges reported little rise in park streams except for Cataloochee Creek which rose over 1 foot overnight and has since stabilized. There are currently no trail closures due to the wind event, but trails have not been assessed. Hikers should expect downed trees and limbs along trails especially at the higher elevations.

The Spur and Bypass remained open throughout storm event. For more information about road conditions on main park roadways, please follow Twitter at SmokiesRoadsNPS or visit the park website at www.nps.gov/grsm.

About Jim Harris

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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