Wildfires Leave Trail of Devastation in Tennessee

Unyielding wildfires that have burned hundreds of homes and forced thousands to evacuate to safer ground in eastern Tennessee were exacerbated by what authorities described today as "hurricane force winds."
1:28 | 11/29/16

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And you can see the damage that has been done. In this area right here. Today a first look at the destruction left in the un for giving buyers wait more than 100 structures lost or damaged in Tennessee town. Including mayor's home. Personally I think I've lost my house the you know things can be review. Overnight. He's raging flames devouring the terrain motorist can't Lindbergh me as residents were ordered to evacuate. Yeah it's. Wildfires spreading from the State's Great Smoky Mountains to populated areas turning one of the areas biggest tourist destinations Dolly would. Into an orange Armageddon smoking ash filling the streets. Ripley's aquarium of the smoky along with the more than 101000 animals they are threatened but intact. Fires were fanned by strong wind speeds of up to sixty miles per hour and SE the worst drought in a decade. Yes fan ever ram fifteen to twenty minutes we were dispatched temerity to almost twenty. Structure. And as of this morning more than a dozen structure fires still burning as 2000 people live hunkered down in shelters. Fire officials now saying they believe the worst is over and it looks like the weather may cooperate to. Rain is forecast to begin late tonight with one to two inches expected and that alone authorities say should nearly put outlet to the fires lord Lester ABC news Los Angeles.

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