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High winds knock down tree in Spokane

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A tree rests on Conor Giorgi's Subaru after strong winds knocked it over last night. (Photo: Sandy Bareither) A tree rests on Conor Giorgi's Subaru after strong winds knocked it over last night. (Photo: Sandy Bareither)
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Winds peaked at 60 mph in areas around the Inland Northwest last night. In the Spokane area, winds were recorded hitting in the mid-40s.

Many neighbors in the area of S. Pittsburg and 12th Ave. said the winds didn't start to get rough until around midnight.

"The chimes were really going hard, the winds were really blowing," Hector Martinet says.

As rough as the winds were, Martinet said it was a commotion going on outside his window that woke him up. He looked out into the street and could only see people with flashlights. The disturbance was coming from his neighbor's house across the street.

"My neighbor banged on the door and informed us," Conor Giorgi says while looking over his shoulder at his Subaru, which has a large tree branch resting on top of it. "That half a tree was leaning on our car."

Giorgi says he and his wife had just gotten back from a local bar. They were in bed when his wife thought she'd heard their trash cans blowing over outside. 

Shortly after that, a neighbor was knocking on their door.

"I was shocked when I first looked out the door. I thought the branch was arcing over it and I was pretty amazed that it wasn't completely crumpled," says Giorgi.

Giorgi's car was parked right in front of his house, and he and his wife had no idea how bad the winds would get. Neither did many neighbors in the area. When the tree split, it not only crushed the roof and windshield of Giorgi's car, but also blocked much of the street. Giorgi and his neighbors stepped in to clear the debris.

"The neighbors were awesome, got out the chainsaw, limbed it up as best we could," Giorgi says.

The tree won't be removed until early Monday morning.

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