I was awakened at 2:15 this morning by an emergeny alert on my phone urging people in Sevier County to take cover as their was a tornado warning. Not a good way to wake up. We were having thunder & lightning and surrounding areas were showing some hail. But the best thing I ever heard in my life was the pouring rain. It was a torrential downpour.
From the way they talked on the news channel, it had not made it to Gatlinburg and several new fires had erupted so our firefighters were still battling these dangerous storms.
We had about 3 or 4 bands of bad weather that is going to move through today and from what I understood, the 2nd or 3rd band would be going over Gatlinburg. I think that is the band moving through right now. I am hoping it is because it is absolutely pouring so hard it sounds like it is going to be a hole in our roof.
My Facebook was full of stories last night of people bonding together to help those who have been evacuated, those who continue to fight the fires and most importantly those who have lost their homes. The first three fatalities were reported yesterday so please keep those families in your prayers. Last I heard there are 14 injuries, but no report on if they are minor or major injuries.
Even though the much needed rain should have arrived by now, we are also having high winds so this is not going to be a good day for the firefighters and men & women who are out assisting with this devastation.