The national Christmas tree, a 42-foot blue spruce, snapped and toppled to the ground in Washington, DC this morning. The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for the Washington DC area, and although the cause has not yet been determined,Â high winds between 25 and 60 miles per hour were predicted to be the worst around the time the tree fell.
LastÂ Christmas, the tree was proclaimed to be the most energy-efficient ever, trimmed with LED lights and ornaments. The lighting of the national Christmas tree is an 87-year-old tradition taking placeÂ at "The Ellipse," which is an area between the south lawn of the White House and the Washington Monument.
The first family lit the tree last year on December 9, and it remained lit until New Year's Day.
CNN reports that a call to the National Parks Service, to determine what will now happen has not yet been returned. Luckily, there have been no reports of injury, but it seems as though winds of Washington, DC are blowing hard, bothÂ inside the White House and out.