Wildfires in Tennessee are destroying hundreds of buildings and structures, and that area and the southeast is seeing relief.
Wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour fueled the fire Tuesday, pushing over trees to add to the disaster. Thousands of residents in Gatlinburg and surrounding areas were forced to evacuate.
Overnight rain provided some relief, dousing the fires and helping some of the drought-stricken southeast. The most severe levels of dryness are located in portions of Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and the Carolinas. According to AgDay Meteorologist Mike Hoffman, those areas could receive up to 4 inches of rain this week.
“Will this be enough to take away the drought?” said Hoffman. “Absolutely not. But how do you get rid of a drought? You start with something like this and you hope that it continues occasionally.”