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Rangers to reopen hard-hit Smokies campgrounds
Smoky Mountains park rangers to reopen area hammered by severe thunderstorms
By The Associated Press

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (AP) Rangers will soon reopen part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after violent storms caused the park to close.

Chief Ranger Clayton Jordan said the park would reopen the Cades Cove area by 6 p.m. EDT.

The storms hit at the west end of the 500,000-acre reserve on the Tennessee-North Carolina line. Two people were killed and several others were injured.

Dozens of campers were still in the Cades Cove area Saturday.

Much of the damage was in Cades Cove and in communities just outside the park boundaries.

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