KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Strong winds moved through East Tennessee on Thursday, downing trees and causing power outages in some areas.
Thursday morning, a Wind Advisory was in effect for most of East Tennessee with a High Wind Warning in the Smoky Mountains according to the WATE Storm Team. Areas under the High wind warning could have seen gusts up to 70 mph whereas the areas under the Wind Advisory saw wind gusts slightly slower, up to 45 mph, according to WATE 6 Assistant Chief Meteorologist Victoria Cavaliere. These advisories and warnings expired at 7 p.m. Thursday.
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Multiple areas in the Smokies saw strong winds, with Camp Creek in Green County reporting a 70 mph wind gust and an 80 mph gust being reported from Wears Valley in Sevier County, Cavaliere said.
Around 10 a.m. Thursday, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park reported that Cherokee Orchard Road and Laurel Creek Road were temporarily closed because of fallen trees. Additionally, over 15,000 Sevier County Electric System customers were out of power Thursday morning, with many of those customers being located near Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Wears Valley.
The Sevier County Emergency Management Agency also shared that burn permits were not issued Wednesday or Thursday because of the high winds.
EDITORS NOTE: This story has been updated with more recent wind advisory information.