Update: Visitors Being Asked To Leave Tenn. Side of Park

Gatlinburg, Sevier County (AP) -- Even as National Park Service Rangers work to open roads blocked by trees blown down overnight, they're asking visitors to leave the Tennessee side of the Smokies.

The concern is another storm expected to hit the National Park on the Tennessee-North Carolina border.

High winds and heavy rain did a number in the Smokies overnight, causing trees to fall and scattering debris over roads. One of those trees fell on a camper, injuring a six-year-old boy.

Rangers are checking the damage in the park, where officials say gusts up to 106 miles-per-hour were clocked last night.

The storms are coming at a bad time. The park is full of visitors who came to view the fall colors.

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