Showing posts with label storm. Show all posts
Showing posts with label storm. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

US 441 Slide in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

As you may know, Western North Carolina was pounded with heavy rains for the better part of a week in Mid-January, 2013. As a result, there was flooding and many landslides around the region.

The biggest and perhaps the most damaging to the regions economy will be the one that completely severed US 441 through Great Smoky Mountains National Park outside of Cherokee, NC. As summer approaches, millions of people will be visiting GSMNP and if you are familiar with the area, you know that a big portion of them drive the only road through the park.

The current estimate for repair is late May to early June. I hope it is sooner than that, but with this work being done in a national park, I would honestly be surprised to see the road open before the fall.

Here is a great video from my good friend +Jeremy Brown  of the damage done by this slide.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

WNC Snowstorm Update

A little update on the snowstorm that has slammed the WNC area. We ended up with close to 8 inches of snow here in Graham County. Luckily, the power stayed on through the night and all day here. Other areas north and east of here saw up to a foot of snow and roads were closed pretty much across the whole area. If you want to check on power outages around WNC, check out Duke Energy's outage information on their website here.

I know that at least two counties (Graham and Jackson) enacted curfews to keep people off the roads after about 9:00 pm. Roads are still an issue as temperatures are heading toward the low 20s.

However, it wasn't all doom and gloom and being stuck inside. We got in touch with our inner children and went sledding and built a snowman (and snow dog)! Pictures are below. Everyone stay warm and have fun with the few remaining snow days!

Beautiful snow on every branch.

Abby actually stayed on the sled for one ride down the hill!

Great view of the neighbors horses and barn.

Friday, January 29, 2010


Well, Am and I were in sunny Florida for the pre-Christmas "Storm of the Decade." However, we're definitely present and accounted for today. Currently, it has been snowing for about four hours and we have over 5 inches of snow! Unfortunately it's the wet, heavy snow that sticks to everything (like power lines!).

Luckily the power is still holding strong, but not sure for how long. All the news organizations are calling for up to a foot of the white stuff over the next two days. I'll update later on with pictures and final measurements.