‘Grinch of a storm’ knocks down Nashville’s official Christmas tree

From an AP brief:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — O Christmas Tree! A Grinch of a storm has toppled the official holiday spruce in Tennessee’s capital city.

Area media outlets report that Nashville’s 40-foot (12-meter) Norway spruce was toppled overnight, with officials blaming a combination of wind, rain and possibly a defective anchor.

More than 2,000 people had turned out Dec. 1 for the tree’s lighting ceremony with Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, including a performance by the husband-and-wife duo of Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires.

Adds WTVF: Wind gusts were recorded between 40 and 50 miles per hour across the Mid-State. The lights were still lit after the tree fell… The tree was decorated with more than 5,000 LED multicolored lights.

On Saturday, Mayor Megan Barry said on social media they could not save the tree, but she told the public another tree stood in Centennial Park that was also donated by the Jenkins family.

Note: The official Tennessee state Christmas tree, a 35-foot Norway spruce located outside an entrance to the state Capitol building, survived the storm.

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