Tropical Storm Nate: Officials at Cherokee National Forest ask visitors to vacate the area

11:30am Sunday

Officials at Cherokee National Forest have asked all persons to vacate the area until Tropical Storm Nate has passed. This includes all campgrounds, dispersed use areas, trails and all other areas of the national forest. Emergency personnel may not be able to provide assistance until the storm has passed.

10:00am Sunday

Officials at the Great Smokies Mountains National Park have advised visitors that Tropical Storm Nate will produce high winds and rain throughout the park this afternoon. The National Weather Service in Morristown has issued a high wind warning for the area from 4pm Sunday till 4am Monday. The park is also under a flash flood warning. High wind and rain can cause trees to fall, localized flooding or debris movement around roads and banks. Visitors are asked to limit their outdoor activity during hazardous weather. The park may close roads or areas if they become hazardous.

7:30am Sunday

KNOXVILLE (WATE) — Overnight Saturday into Sunday, our fourteenth named storm of 2017 made landfall in the United States Gulf Coast. Twice. Once on the southeast tip of Louisiana as a Category 1 Hurricane. Continuing his track northward, back over water and eventually into Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. Very similar to Katrina’s track in 2005. Not nearly as strong though. Less than 2 hours after landfall, Nate wasn’t even a hurricane anymore.

By 5am, Tropical Storm Nate’s rain was already impacting 13 states. That number expected to rise through Sunday as heavy rain and strong winds spread northeast.

For a full look at our local impact from Tropical Storm Nate, be sure to download our app. We update that multiple time a day as weather patterns shift.

   

10:30am Saturday

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Hurricane NATE strengthened to a category one hurricane early this morning.

WATE 6 Storm Team Meteorologist Matt Hinkin said the storm is expected to make landfall late tonight. He then says the remnants of Nate will move through East Tennessee during the day Sunday.

“Sunday afternoon into Sunday night is probably the best opportunity for rain. It is an Aware Day,” said Ken Weathers. “The bigger concern may be some gustier winds in the Smokies and locally heavy rainfall across the region.”

Widespread flooding is not a big concern, because it has been so dry over the past three to four weeks. East Tennessee will likely see 2-4 inches from Sunday to Monday with additional rainfall from a cold front Tuesday and Wednesday..

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is advising the storm could affect the park as early as Saturday afternoon. Early estimates show four to 10 inches of rain, sustained winds of 25 to 39 mph and gusts greater than 40 mph, which could lead to flooding, landslides, road washouts and numerous tree falls..

Park officials are advising front and back country visitors to pay close attention to current and projected weather conditions and anticipate an increased risk for high stream crossings and down trees. Back country users are advised to closely examine their preparedness and should consider altering their plans.

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