Rain hits East Tennessee

(WVLT) -- Rain is hitting East Tennessee, leaving some areas with high water and a few people without power.

The Flash Flood Watches issued for most counties NORTH of I-40 started at 4 AM and run until 7 PM Tuesday. We are looking for 1.00 to 1.50” + of rain to fall, which could, at the very least, cause large puddles to form on area roads.

"Turn Around, Don't Drown!"

Meanwhile…

Winds in the Valley will be strong and steady as well with South-Southwest winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts 35 to 40 mph.

The Smokies are under a High Wind Warning from 1 AM Tuesday to 4 PM Tuesday for Southern Blount, Southern Sevier and Southern Cocke Counties for South winds 25 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph.

Wind Advisories run from 1 AM Tuesday to 4 PM Tuesday for Southern Monroe and Southern Greene Counties for South winds 20 to 30 mph and gusts 45 mph.

The Smokies may experience down trees and power outages. Please be advised.

Here are some places where officials say the roadways are becoming challenging to access:

In Cocke County

- Highway 160

In Pigeon Forege

- Avoid intersection of Walden's Creek at Goose Gap Road, avoid area between Sharp Hollow and Henderson Road

In the Smokies:

- An accident has delayed traffic just before King Branch