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Parts of Blue Ridge Parkway reopen following Irma

Posted September 15

Vibrant oranges, yellows and golds lead the way to Grandfather Mountain along the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to experts, warm temperatures this week could slow down leaf color development, potentially prolonging peak color through the weekend. To see more fall color photos, visit Grandfather Mountain's 2016 Fall Color Gallery at www.grandfather.com. Photo by Skip Sickler, Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

— The National Parks Service says more than 300 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina saw downed trees and storm damage from Hurricane Irma.

An NPS statement on the parkway's website says that conditions vary across the parkway, and while some sections have reopened, others require more in-depth and technical cleanup to mitigate substantial tree and rock damage.

The Charlotte Observer reports that several sections reopened Wednesday, including the 10-mile stretch from milepost 294.6 to milepost 305, near Grandfather Mountain. Other sections that reopened Wednesday were mileposts 165-217, mileposts 217-265, mileposts 324-331 and mileposts 382-384.7.

Sections that remain closed are mileposts 265-294.6, mileposts 305-324, mileposts 331-382 and mileposts 385-469. The Pisgah Inn at mileposts 408 also remains closed, due to a power outage.

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