We are now surrounded by wildfires, although they are 35 miles away, all of our routes out of here are blocked. In Gatlinburg, about 40 miles from us, there have been 4 deaths and hundreds of homes have been burned. Both Route 40 and Route 81 are blocked, some by fallen trees and smoke, but also by rescue crews entering the fire area, and people being evacuated from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and other towns that could be effected.
The weather forecast is for heavy rain starting tonight and lasting all day tomorrow. They expect the rain to help extinguish the fires, but they also expect the lightning to start new fires. They are also predicting tornadoes and are asking people to evacuate certain areas. I have emergency weather alert on my iPhone and I received a warning of the tornadoes and advised to evacuate. We flipped a coin and decided to stay. If there is no post tomorrow, you know we guessed wrong.