High winds could be dangerous for campers in Smokies

High winds could be dangerous for campers in Smokies


6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - High winds are one of the big concerns with the storm Thursday night into Friday morning especially in the Smokies.

The 6 Storm Team says Pigeon Forge will see gusts of at least 50 miles an hour as the front goes through.

Camping is a popular activity in Sevier County, but as the storms move through with strong winds it could really pose a serious threat to those campers.

"You look around and you go what am I going to do? Where am I going to go? You're not safe in your car and where would you drive to?" said Linda West.

She and her husband Ron are frequent travelers to the Smokies spending months at a time in their RV, but when the threat of severe storms and strong winds hits they get a little worried for their safety.

"Pray a lot. But I'm eyeing the bathrooms over there," said Linda West.

In fact at many campgrounds the restroom facilities are where campers are told to go if the weather gets too risky because RVs and tents are not made to withstand strong winds, but the Wests say their normal plan of action is to wait it out and head for safety if it gets too shaky.

"What can you do really?" said Linda West.

If you are staying in a camper or especially in a tent it is always recommended hat you move indoors to a more sturdy shelter during any kind of strong winds.

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