MODESTO — In southeast Modesto, a large tree branch fell several feet, hitting and injuring a man Thursday afternoon. Officials on the scene couldnt say with certainty that wind was responsible for the accident, but it didnt help. And it led to the tree being removed.
The branch, weighing several hundred pounds and measuring about 18 inches in diameter, hit the man but did not pin him underneath, as originally reported when Modesto Regional Fire Authority crews were dispatched, said Battalion Chief Alan Ernst.
The man, whose identity was not released, was taken to Memorial Medical Center with minor injuries.
Ernst said the roughly 40-foot-tall tree fractured in the middle when the branch fell. Because of strong winds and the condition of the tree, Ernst said city crews were called to remove it for safety.
The intersection at Trask Lane and Roble Avenue was closed while workers cut down the tree.
Aside from the damage to the tree and the harm it did to the man, wind gusts of at least 25 mph in the Modesto area Thursday appeared to do little more than tousle hair and aggravate sinuses. Temperatures were mild a high of 74 in Modesto, well below the historic average of 85 degrees, according to the Modesto Irrigation District.
As a high-pressure system moves through Northern California in the next few days, breezes will subside and temperatures will rise. The forecast high for today is 78, according to the National Weather Service. Winds around 5-10 mph are expected for today and Saturday in Modesto, with temperatures in the low 80s over the weekend, peaking at an expected 87 degrees Tuesday.
The next several days should be sunny, or mostly so, with nighttime lows in the 50s.
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