Evacuations were underway in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Saturday as fierce winds grew even stronger and flooding from storms remained a threat. Rangers warned hikers to avoid all areas of the park.
Sustained winds of about 30 mph and gusts up to 50 mph tore across the Tennessee side of the mountains and were expected to intensify Saturday night into Sunday, according to a park news release.

The winds toppled trees, closing Newfound Gap Road, Laurel Creek Road and Cades Cove Loop Road.