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Tag: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

May
26th

Searchers scale back hunt for missing man at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

From the National Park Service:

Rangers have scaled back their efforts to find 45-year-old Christopher Lee Cessna, who has been missing since April 27th. For over a week, rangers and search dog teams combed the forest near the Newfound Gap parking area where Cessna’s car was found, but found no sign of him. Searchers intensively covered an area of about two miles radiating out from the parking lot and from the hiking trails that pass through the area, and probed acres of steep, rocky terrain and dense brush. Up to 30 searchers, including as many as four search dog teams,

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May
9th

F4 tornado does extensive damage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Officials at Great Smoky Mountains National Park have determined that the extensive damage done to trails in late April were caused by a tornado.

I thought some readers would find the recap of the damage interesting. This new release was posted today.

The park’s staff and National Weather Service have determined that a severe EF 4 tornado swept across the northwestern corner of the park on April 27th, causing extensive damage to park trails. The popular Abrams Falls Trail remains impassable due to numerous blow downs and over 40 areas where root balls were ripped out of the trail surface,

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