Transcript for Wildfires Cause Terror and Devastation in Tennessee
And we begin here with the stunning images coming in from Tennessee. Several major fires fueled by 60-mile-per-hour winds, and we have just learned tonight that the fires are now turned deadly. It is hard to grasp the true scope of this disaster, just look through the windshield of this car, surrounded by flames there on both sides of the road. So many trying to escape tonight. An entire city evacuated. The flames creeping towards a cabin. A surveillance camera capturing it all. And Tennessee state troopers guiding families away from their homes through the thick smoke and fallen trees. ABC's Linzie Janis leading us off from Tennessee tonight. Hit the gas! Hit the gas! Reporter: Tonight, the race to escape the flames. Go, go, go, go, go! Reporter: Embers flying over the windshield. That Going to melt these tires in a heartbeat. Reporter: Michael Luciano riding shotgun as he and another man drove through the massive fire in the great smoky mountains. Winds gusting to 60 miles per hour fanning the flames. Police rushing door to door, evacuating the entire city of gatlinb gatlinburg. The police pounded on the door and said, you got to go right now. Reporter: The wall of fire engulfing this cabin. Terrified guests trapped inside the park vista hotel, as the one next door erupts. You had to lay like perfectly flat on the ground or the smoke was, like, just too thick. Reporter: At least three dead. Officials calling apocalyptic. This is a fire for the history books. Because it is unlike anything most have ever seen. It's blotted out the sun. Reporter: Sunrise bringing images of the devastation in the hardest hit areas. Just look at this home completely burnt to the ground. You can see this giant steel beam twisted and bent by the heat of the fire. It's still smoldering. More than 150 homes and businesses destroyed. There's areas in there it looks like a bomb has gone off. Reporter: The great smoky mountains are a hugely popular tourist destination and the home of dolly parton's theme park dollywood. 12 cabins there burned, but the main park is safe. In a statement, parton saying she is praying for all the families affected, and the firefighters who are working so hard. David, the major of gatlinburg safls the next 24 hours will be critical in putting out fires like this one at this burnt-down motel. The bad news? The winds are oceanxpected to whip up tonight. Some much-needed rain is on the way in the morning. David? Linzie, thank you. And you heard me mention the winds at the top. So, let's get right to rob Marciano. Rob, when you hear about those 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts, that certainly does not help. Reporter: No, it's a trigger, David. And just like last night, we've got high winds expected tonight. Take a look at this. High wind watches and warnings in the fire zone in advance of the next batch of rain, beneficial rains, but that system is spawning tornadoes tonight in Louisiana and Mississippi. A very dangerous situation. Folks who live in and around Monroe, Jackson, tupelo, Mississippi, need to be onguard now for the next four, five hours. It moves east tomorrow, over the fire zone as a beneficial rain, and across much of the northeast, including here in new York and new England, which, today, it's been raining all day. David? Rob Marciano with us tonight. Rob, thank you.
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