Insane weather and wildfires.

wildfires

The lack of rain in the Smoky Mountain/Blue Ridge mountains areas of Tennessee and western North Carolina have caused widespread forest fires. We finally got rain last night, but east of here, in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, a popular tourist area, wind gusts of 70 mph ahead of the rain spread the fires, and now at least 3 people are confirmed dead and 400 structures have burned, including a 16 story hotel.

https://weather.com/news/news/tennessee-gatlinburg-pigeon-forge-fire

dollywood
This morning in Dollywood, a popular tourist attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Here in North Carolina, we were more fortunate, because the wind gusts here weren’t as strong and the wildfires remain contained.   The rain was good, but it wasn’t enough and the wildfires continue to burn.  Today it was sunny and dry again, but rain and thunderstorms are predicted for tomorrow.    Farther south and east, tornadoes, unusual this time of year, are a threat, and these may hit Tennessee by tonight.

If anyone in Tennessee is reading this, stay safe!