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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #45 on: November 28, 2016, 04:19:00 PM »
Nice squall line moving into western Middle TN. There's been a light raining falling most of the day in the Nashville area.

Here's to it holding together for our East TN friends!

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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #46 on: November 28, 2016, 05:32:25 PM »
The fires have become so bad you can actually see a smoke plume on the local MRX radar in Sevier Co.  It's been there a big part of the day. 

With strong south winds off the mountains, whatever rain is heading this way will be fighting a downsloping flow.  I'm sure the rain band will weaken and break up some, but I hope it maintains itself long enough to at least give us a half inch or more of rain.  That would help the dangerous situation near Gatlinburg.

We'll probably have to wait until round 2 tomorrow night and Wednesday to extinguish the fires.  There should be less downsloping winds and mid level dry air to cause problems with rain falling from the sky.  Models show a good 1-2 inches falling in East TN Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. 
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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #47 on: November 28, 2016, 08:09:51 PM »
Just saw on the news, mandatory evacuations for Gatlinburg. Lord send these folks some rain!!

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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #48 on: November 28, 2016, 08:24:06 PM »
Just saw on the news, mandatory evacuations for Gatlinburg. Lord send these folks some rain!!

Yes, just heard this myself.  Winds are gusting over 40 mph up there, so there is no getting the fires under control until the rain starts.

They've showed Gatlinburg on the news--looks like something from the Apocalypse.  All the Christmas lights lit, but the streets deserted and smoke being whipped everywhere by wind.  I never thought I would see something like this.  The sky above the town is bright orange--so very scary looking.

Channel 6 just showed the Park Vista Hotel with flames dancing all around and other structures now on fire.  Wow.  Gatlinburg may never be the same after tonight.

UPDATE--it appears the Park Vista Hotel itself is on fire according to local news. 
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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #49 on: November 28, 2016, 08:34:16 PM »
I've been watching the WATE coverage on my phone. It's crazy looking like you said. Rain about an hour away still hopefully it's pours down and puts a damper on these fires.

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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #50 on: November 28, 2016, 08:46:16 PM »
Hopefully they get enough of tonight's rain system to help out. The winds dying down would really help because situations like this are extremely dangerous with high winds.

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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #51 on: November 28, 2016, 09:02:29 PM »

UPDATE--it appears the Park Vista Hotel itself is on fire according to local news.
People are reporting messages from friends and family who are among the 45 trapped in the Park Vista.  That's from social media, not the news, so I don't know how accurate it is but definitely scary for those involved.

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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #52 on: November 28, 2016, 09:07:53 PM »
People are reporting messages from friends and family who are among the 45 trapped in the Park Vista.  That's from social media, not the news, so I don't know how accurate it is but definitely scary for those involved.

Yeah, a lot of differing reports coming in.  They did show flames right outside the window on channel 6--and they were very large flames--as tall as the windows.  It has to be terrifying for all the people there on vacation. 

Light to moderate rain moving in right now over this way, but I'm not sure how helpful it will be with the winds blowing so strong up there in the foothills and mountains.
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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #53 on: November 28, 2016, 09:15:21 PM »
Just saw video footage claiming to be from the park vista hotel lobby. It was pretty terrifying. It was on WBIR.
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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #54 on: November 28, 2016, 09:19:16 PM »
Truly awful situation unfolding in Gatlinburg.


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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #55 on: November 28, 2016, 09:23:07 PM »
What an awful tragedy unfolding in Gatlinburg tonight. Hopefully this rain will put a sizeable dent in this fire.
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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #56 on: November 28, 2016, 09:27:01 PM »
The smoke plumes from this fire were very obvious on MRX radar today. I hadn't even noticed that happening with the 30000+ acre rough ridge fire in this area.
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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #57 on: November 28, 2016, 09:28:11 PM »
Rain is finally falling here, but the line has weakened a great deal as it moved into East TN.  Too much downsloping drying the air.  I can't see rain like I have falling right now being a big help fighting huge wild fires generating a lot of heat.  It's better than nothing, I reckon, but the radar doesn't offer much hope of fire extinguishing downpours, as orange and red returns become light green as they move into this area.

Local news just reported a weather station behind the Park Vista Hotel showed a temperature of 118F and winds gusting to 60mph as the fires were burning near there.  The time stamp was around 8:30 p.m.  That was an accurate temp reading.  That's why it will take more than a few hours of light rain to put these fires out. 

 
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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #58 on: November 28, 2016, 09:34:54 PM »
Pretty sure my house on Pine Mtn is gone

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Re: The Southeast Burns: The Great Fires of 2016
« Reply #59 on: November 28, 2016, 09:38:23 PM »
Pretty sure my house on Pine Mtn is gone

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