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Fallen tree impedes traffic

Matthew Renda
Staff Writer

A 100 feet tree fell across Gracie Road at 1:41 p.m. Thursday afternoon, impeding traffic.

The fallen tree, blown down by the fierce and steady winds that have hit much of Northern California in the wake of the region's first precipitation event, took telephone lines with it.

"We are waiting for AT&T to come get the telephone lines," said California Highway Patrol Officer Justin Barnthouse, adding the road will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time.

Gusts of wind topped 37 miles per hour in the Grass Valley area, said Tom Dang, forecaster with the National Weather Service.

"Water loosens up the soil due to the recent rain and then the high winds can further loosen the roots," Dang said.

High-velocity winds were expected to persist throughout the day and into the night, with gusts reaching 40 to 50 mph.

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