Extreme weather: City Christmas tree snaps in 108 mph winds

The city of Cordova Christmas tree rests partially in the road on First Street shortly after midnight on Dec. 11, after strong winds ripped through Cordova. Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times

The city of Cordova’s Christmas tree succumbed to high winds, snapping in half and falling into First Street, shortly before 12:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11.

The downed tree was first reported to The Cordova Times by Amanda O’Brien.

Rob Campbell reported 68 knots at his weather buoy in the harbor. “Glad I tightened my lines!” he wrote on The Cordova Times Facebook page.

Conex shipping containers near the shipyard collapsed and fell onto a nearby boat just five days after high winds shattered a window on one Cordova home.

The Cordova weather station sensor recorded gusts of 94.2 knots — or 108 mph — at 11:44 p.m. Sunday night.

Billy Slayton commented to The Cordova Times on Facebook that a tree went down in his yard. “Couldn’t have gone in a better direction,” he said.

Alaska Marine Highway’s M/V Aurora sailings are also cancelled due to the extreme weather.

This is a developing story, check back at thecordovatimes.com for updates. Share news tips at news@thecordovatimes.com.

The city’s Christmas tree rests partially in the road on First Street as it rains on Dec. 11, after strong winds ripped through Cordova.
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Emily Mesner is a staff reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times. Reach her at emesner@thecordovatimes.com. Emily graduated from Central Michigan University, earning a degree in photojournalism with a cultural competency certificate. She first visited Alaska in 2016, working as a media intern for the National Park Service in Kotzebue and Denali National Park and Preserve, and has been coming back ever since. To see more photos, follow @thecordovatimes and @emilymesnerphoto on Instagram.