Wind-blown tree damages 3 homes

October 27, 2009 1:39:04 PM PDT
Strong winds knocked over a 75-foot-tall eucalyptus tree in San Jose late Tuesday morning, causing major damage to three townhomes, a fire captain said.

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Firefighters responded to the 2900 block of Rose Avenue at about 11:40 a.m. to find that an "impressive" tree had fallen onto a row of homes, Capt. Barry Stallard said.

Three homes in a row of about eight were severely damaged, Stallard said. Fire crews searched the townhomes and determined that no one was inside when the tree fell. He estimated the damage at about $500,000.

A city arborist will bring a team to cut apart the tree and take it away, he said. The row of homes is in an older neighborhood with large trees.

"With a three-day wind event, this sort of thing may continue to happen throughout the area," Stallard said.

The National Weather Service has issued high-wind warnings and advisories for the region through Wednesday morning. RELATED WEATHER CONTENT:

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