Given the volume of rock that came down, it's no small miracle that a major tragedy was avoided.
Motorists are advised to detour the region by taking I-26 through Asheville to I-81 near the Virgina state line. Plan for another two hours to make a trip through the mountains follow this detour route, which is highlighted in yellow:
Department of Transportation officials say that motorists traveling west to Tennessee should take Interstate 40 West to Interstate 240 West in Asheville to Interstate 26 West. Follow Interstate 26 West from Asheville to Interstate 81 South in Tennessee and back to Interstate 40. Eastbound motorists will follow the reverse directions.