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High winds topple massive pine tree in Point Loma

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(POINT LOMA) Intense winds toppled an enormous pine tree in a Point Loma neighborhood Thursday afternoon, completely blocking a residential street.

The tree, estimated to be 40 feet tall and more than 60 years old, came crashing down onto Carleton Street, off Clove Street, missing homes, power lines and cars.

City crews worked well into Thursday night clearing the tree away.

"Just couldn't take the heavy winds we had," said Jeff Schneider of Providence Landscape. "It was probably just weakened from yesterday and just couldn't hang on today."

Prentice St. Clair, who lives in the neighborhood, witnessed the tree's crash.

"I drove by and I noticed the branches were hanging really low," St. Clair said. "I stopped, made sure no traffic was driving under it, and within a few minutes, it fell right over."

"There was a little bit of cracking from the roots snapping and it kind of gracefully fell over," he added.  "There was a big 'whoosh' and a lot of dust."

The tree's owner, Rick Dunn, said that part of the community's history is lost with the leveling of this landmark tree.

"It's really sad to see something that big and massive and majestic go down," Dunn told News 8.



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