At least two people have been killed and several hikers still missing as a violent thunderstorm struck the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Thursday.
The fatalities include a man who struck a fallen tree on his motorcycle as well as a 41-year-old woman who was hit by a falling tree in a campground according to park officials and volunteers with the Red Cross.
The names of the victims were withheld while their family members were contacted, Park spokeswoman Melissa Cobern said.
The storms blew through Thursday evening at the west end of the 500,000-acre park on the Tennessee-North Carolina border with winds sweeping through between 60-70MPH.
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