As a cold front rolls in on the afternoon of Halloween, East Tennessee has been subject to a variety of weather issues through Knoxville and the Smokies.
The Great Smoky Mountain National Park has experienced many road closures as a result of high winds and inclement weather, as Cherokee Orchard Road and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail have been closed due to fallen trees. Little River Road from Sugarlands Visitor Center to the Townsend Wye, Wears Cove Gap Road and Metcalf Bottoms were all previously closed and just recently opened.
Winds are expected to reach up to 45 mph tonight, and hikers have been advised to not hike, especially in areas with large concentrations of dead trees.
Additionally, according to the US Power Outage website, there are around 20,000 tracked reports of Knox County KUB customers without power.
There are large outages near Fountain City, Holston Hills, Sequoyah Hills, Halls, Kodak and Seymour, as well as at the intersection of Governor John Sevier Highway and Thorngrove Pike. Power outage reports are steadily increasing as per the KUB website.