Wind gusts exceeding 60 mph are pounding the Smoky Mountains on the Tennessee side knocking down numerous trees along with power and telephone lines causing minor power and phone interruptions throughout the region.
As if the December storms were not enough, trees and large limbs started falling last night at around 9 pm when the winds started and the windy conditions are expected to last until late this afternoon.
Driver with large profile vehicles such as trucks, vans and campers as well as motorcyclists should use extreme caution as the sustained wilds are very low and the gust come with little or no warning.
The Great Smoky Mountains national park is diligently working to removed downed trees and limbs. Fortunately, the only road closed in the GSM national park right now is the Cades Cove Loop Road, which has crews working on it right now.
While the high winds and extreme gusts continue hikers and campers are urged to stay out of the GSMNP for their own safety.