Steve and Joan Calderon were watching television at their Gerald Court home at around 8 p.m. Sunday, April 7, when they heard a thump outside their house.
“We heard something — it didn’t sound like a tree cracking,” Steve Calderon said. “It was just a loud thud.”
The couple’s front yard pear tree had toppled toward their home in winds that topped 30 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
“A neighbor called and said, ‘Your tree fell over,’” Joan Calderon said. “It fell slow enough not to do any damage.”
Several trees in Tracy were toppled, and several branches and limbs brought down by the blustery weather system that passed through the Central Valley.
Both the National Weather Service and forecasting service Accuweather.com reported a high wind advisory for Tracy, with Accuweather predicting it would be lifted at 7 p.m. Monday.
Don Scholl, superintendent of parks, sports parks and trees for the city said Tracy weathered the storm relatively well, losing about four trees Sunday night and early Monday morning.
“Generally speaking, things held up pretty well,” Scholl said. “We made it through the wind storm without any major problems.”
Scholl said he has been kept busy hopping around town checking on calls of downed limbs and branches and trees that might pose a hazard
Modesto ash trees took the brunt of the damage, he said, as some older trees lost branches as large as 8 inches in diameter.
He said tree limbs that fell on roads and sidewalks are being dragged out of the way and would be left for removal by the city’s tree contractor as long as they didn’t present an immediate safety hazard.
Scholl said there was no significant damage to property from falling trees or limbs reported by 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Across Tracy small tree branches, leaves and other debris littered streets from the windstorm.
Scholl said street sweepers would help remove some of the debris and asked for patience and help from residents.
To report a downed tree from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public call Tracy’s Public Works Department at 831-4420. Residents can leave a message, Scholl said, and a crew will check the tree as soon as possible.
Scholl said residents can call the police to report a tree or limb that blocks a road or poses a safety hazard.
Accuweather.com warned of sustained winds from the northwest as fast as 30 mph that are expected to last until the early evening, with the wind calming after sunset.
The website predicts breezy conditions will persist through the weekend.
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