High Winds Fell Tree in Midtown

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Steve Gower with the Midtown Ponce Security Alliance reports: "During the 3am hour a tree at 265 9th Street spontaneously fell and landed on the street. Fortunately there were no casualties though several cars were damaged during the incident. As the tree fell it ripped out the utility lines leading into the building next door, and pulled out part of the siding in the process. As of 4am Georgia Power was still on the scene along with the Atlanta Police Department. Because of the size of the tree 9th Street will remain closed to traffic between Myrtle Street and Argonne Avenue until workers can clear the tree away, during which time a handful of residents will be stranded at home. It will likely take into the afternoon before Georgia Power can restore electricity to the handful of residents in the dark at this hour."

Steve Gower February 01, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Update: City of Atlanta removal crews are still working on the scene at 10:30am. Contrary to how it appeared at 4am, the tree actually fell across the neighbors' yard. Power remains out for a handful of residents in the immediate vicinity, and will likely take a while to restore. As you can see in the last picture, it also pulled a little bit of the siding from yet another house two doors down from the base of the tree. That portion of 9th Street remains closed to traffic, and residents at the middle property will be stranded until the trunk of the tree is removed.
Jennifer B February 02, 2013 at 03:26 AM
That tree was directly outside my bedroom window. It fell at 3:30am. The sound was terrifying! I feel very sorry for the people whose cars were damaged, but I'm so grateful that nobody was hurt. The tree was just massive.


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