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Unfortunate Incident: Strong Winds Cause National Christmas Tree to Fall at White House

A powerful gust of wind has reportedly caused the U.S. National Christmas tree to topple just days before its scheduled lighting ceremony with President Joe Biden. This unexpected turn of events led to the employment of a giant crane to help place the fallen tree back in its upright position.

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Normally, the trees are firmly rooted in the ground, but due to a fungal outbreak this year, they had to be cut down, according to @rawsalerts.

“The National Park Service has confirmed that the National Christmas Tree, where President Joe Biden was set to deliver the Christmas tree lighting, was knocked over by a significant gust of wind on the White House Ellipse,” stated @rawsalerts on X. “Emergency crews are actively working to safely lift and secure the tree back in place.

The National Park Service is presently assessing the condition of the National Christmas Tree. However, officials at the National Park reassure that the show will go on as planned on Thursday.”

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In addition, @rawsalerts shared, “The White House National Christmas Trees are usually rooted in the ground, but this year, they had to be cut down due to a fungal disease outbreak. It’s definitely not a good year to be a White House Christmas tree.”

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According to information from WTOP News, Tuesday brought in a cold snap accompanied by northwest winds, ranging between 10 to 20 mph, with gusts reaching up to 35 mph. Meteorologists from a news channel disclosed that wind gusts reached 30 to 40 mph on Tuesday, which was clearly strong enough to cause the tree to tip over.

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