If you're going to be anywhere near the Great Smoky Mountains or the Blue Ridge Mountains between Friday and Monday of next week, you may want to note that there's an increasingly strong chance that you will be feeling the effects of Hurricane Florence. The hurricane will likely reach the Carolina Coastline as a Category 4 hurricane by late Thursday. The current track of the storm has it pushing inland over the Smokies and Blue Ridge Mountains region around Saturday or Sunday. Visitors and hikers should be prepared for strong winds and heavy rain during this period. This projected track could change for the better or the worse, so stay tuned to the Weather Channel for the latest information.
You may also want to note that the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and the Wright Brothers National Memorial have temporarily closed all visitor facilities effective today at 12:00 pm.