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Rain finally comes to fire-ravaged Tennessee — along with tornadoes, mudslides and the threat of floods

Rain finally comes to fire-ravaged Tennessee — along with tornadoes, mudslides and the threat of floods

At long last, rain fell on the scorched Appalachian town of Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Wednesday after savage wildfires blazed across eastern Tennessee, killing seven people, forcing thousands to evacuate and burning hundreds of homes to the ground.

Yet even as rainstorms helped firefighters douse the smoldering mountain resort town, which attracts 11 million tourists a year, they brought new threats to the drought-afflicted Southeast: mudslides, heavy winds, lightning, flooding, even tornadoes.

On Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Gatlinburg and surrounding Sevier County as search-and-rescue teams went door-to-door, scouring charred...

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