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Wind Cracks Old Tree In Half

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

You probably had to hang onto your hat on Wednesday morning because it was gusty out.

The nasty wind even caused some trouble throughout the day. "It's got that eerie, eerie sound," said Jann White who lives in Colorado Springs.

The big and ominous sounding winds blustered and howled all around Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. "I'm sure it woke a lot of people up," said Rick Ruggles who works for the Manitou Springs Streets Division.

Winds reportedly swept up as high as 50 miles per hour on Wednesday morning.

It made trees and grass dance against the wind, it flipped backyard patio furniture and even made a dog cry. "It scared my dog," said White.

White, despite the turbulent weather, went for a run anyway. "It's a little crazy, my screen door blew in," said White. But when she came back, she found her backyard patio set someplace else. "I lost my cushions. I found them in my neighbors yard," said White.

Flags were also ripped off their hinges, orange dust flew through the air and birds even had a hard time flapping around in the sky.

An 80-year-old tree in Manitou Springs also couldn't stand the winds that blew through. The gusts cracked the tree in half. "It basically split about 30 feet up. It's hanging in the creek and it's obstructing a bridge right now," said Ruggles.

That old tree also had a beehive in it. A specialist had to be called to safely take it elsewhere.

The fierce winds kept street crews busy all day clearing broken branches and clusters of leaves. "Limbs and a lot of leaves blowing," said Ruggles.

Jeff Pippin who is visiting from Chicago says he was surprised at how windy it could get in Colorado. "We've been blown around," said Pippin.

Pippin says he also had a hard time driving around. "The car is kind of rocking and rolling, you really have to hold the steering wheel," said Pippin.

Jokingly, Pippin says, the wind is probably all his fault. "I brought the wind with us I guess," said Pippin.


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