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PHOTOS: Windstorm Knocks Down 125-Year-Old Linden Tree

The following story was updated on Saturday, Feb. 8, from a previous version. 

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The windstorm on Friday knocked down a 125-year-old Linden tree in one Portsmouth yard, according to a local resident.

Erica Kelley, who grew up on Hedly Street in Portsmouth, submitted the following email and photos Friday:

“My family home, Hedly Street in Portsmouth, RI, is where I grew up and is home to many, many wonderful memories. One of the fondest memories I have is the incredible tree that stood at the very tip of our property line and the iconic feature to the 100 year old farmhouse I was lucky enough to call my home.

“Today, February 7, 2020, the ‘mighty oak’ came crashing down as a result of the wind storm we are experiencing. The tree was planted by the initial owners who built the house in the early 1900’s (the Hedly’s) and it has stood there for the past 100 years, growing to approximately 100 feet tall. The ‘mighty oak’ as we refer to it became our number one picnic spot, shady escape in the summer and holds so many beautiful memories that I could list endlessly.”

While the local children called the tree “a mighty oak,” it was a Linden tree that fell Friday.

A Linden tree fell as a result of a windstorm on Hedly Street in Portsmouth on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Erica Kelley)
A Linden tree fell in a yard on Hedly Street in Portsmouth as a result of a windstorm on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Erica Kelley)

According to the National Weather Service, the windstorm on Friday prompted a high wind warning with “southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 70 mph expected.”

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