May 152014
 
City workers remove pieces Thursday morning of a large tree that fell across Short Street near Sycamore during Wednesday evening's wind storms.

City workers remove pieces Thursday morning of a large tree that fell across Short Street near Sycamore during Wednesday evening’s wind storms.

A large tree and several power poles were knocked down on Short Street during Wednesday night’s wind storm in the Carrollton area, but weather officials say it is unclear what exactly caused the tree to fall.

The tree and utility poles came down around 7 p.m. on Short near Sycamore, causing power loss for a while to about 160 customers. The peak wind gusts recorded by the National Weather Service were 41 mph at 8:26 p.m. at the Lakefront airport, 35 mph at the Louis Armstrong Airport and 29 mph at a monitoring station downtown, said National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Shields.

There is no data to directly explain what caused the tree to fall, Shields said, though it may have been a particularly strong gust of wind.

“I would highly doubt that it was a tornado,” Shields said.

The fallen tree was mostly removed Thursday morning and new utility poles replaced those that fell in the 2100 block of Short, but debris and minor damage was still scattered around the block. Several cars were also damaged when the tree fell, onlookers said, but our partners at WWL-TV report that no one was harmed:

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  • Larry

    That area has had serious drainage problems, and the large trees have long been in water-soaked ground. They have also been a a magnet for termites. One other, not far from this one, was blown over in a storm within the last year.