National Christmas Tree Blows Over

Feb 19, 2011 1:58pm

ABC News' Kevin Dolak Reports:

High winds in Washington, D.C., knocked over the national Christmas tree early Saturday morning. The large Colorado blue spruce lies south of the White House on the Ellipse.

"At about 10:55 a.m. — with sustained winds of 25 miles per hour and 50 miles per hour sustained gusts that were highly unusual for Washington, D.C., the National Christmas Tree was toppled. There are no injuries. No one was hurt,” said Bill Line, a spokesman for the National Park Service said today.

Line also added that a new tree has already been identified by horticulturists, who were aware that the toppled 46-year-old, 42-foot-tall tree would not stand much longer.

A crew arrived  at around 4 p.m. to begin chipping the once majestic tree.

Gusts across the region have caused several brush fires and house fires. The Maryland highway department is reporting that a major brush fire has broken out on Maryland 100.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind watch from late last night into Saturday evening for the Washington, D.C., area.

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