A giant gust of wind toppled the U.S. National Christmas tree just days before the scheduled lighting ceremony with President Joe Biden.
The tree had to be cut down this year due to a fungal outbreak.
Crews are working to lift and secure the tree back into place, and the National Park Service is evaluating its condition. (Trending: Chilling Surveillance Program Under Biden Exposed)
🚨#UPDATE: The White House National Christmas Tree are typically in the ground but this year they it had to be cut down due to a fungal disease outbreak. Definitely not a good time to be a White House Christmas tree this year. pic.twitter.com/40cfsRsGsV
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) November 28, 2023
Despite the incident, the lighting ceremony is still scheduled to go on as planned.
“The National Christmas Tree, where President Joe Biden was scheduled to deliver the Christmas tree lighting, has been toppled over after a significant gust of wind occurred, according to the National Park Service,” @rawsalerts posted on X.
“The incident on the White House Ellipse, and crews are actively working to carefully lift and secure the tree back into place. The National Park Service is currently evaluating the condition of the National Christmas Tree.”
“Officials at the National Park state that the show will still go on as scheduled on Thursday.”
“The White House National Christmas Tree[s] are typically in the ground but this year they it had to be cut down due to a fungal disease outbreak. Definitely not a good time to be a White House Christmas tree this year,” it said.
“Northwest winds ushered in a cold snap Tuesday, with winds between 10 to 20 mph and gusts of up to 35 mph. Tuesday recorded wind gusts of between 30 to 40 mph, which 7News First Alert meteorologist said was certainly enough to tip over the tree,” WTOP News reported.
Wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph were recorded on Tuesday, which was enough to tip over the tree.