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Old tree on Metropolitan Avenue in Hyde Park snaps off

Posted by Your Town  October 29, 2012 04:36 PM

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(Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com)

The upper limbs of a maple tree snapped off and struck the stair rail leading to the front porch at 705 Metropolitan Ave. in Hyde Park.

As Hurricane Sandy approached the East Coast Monday, the upper limbs of a dead tree on Metropolitan Avenue in Hyde Park snapped off during gusting winds around noon.

The maple tree stood in the front yard of 705 Metropolitan Ave., and it landed across the front walk of the home, damaging a rain gutter and crushing a stair rail leading to the front porch. The post of the porch steps remained intact and neatly impaled the rotten wood of the old tree.

"I literally seen the tree just snap," said James Forte Jr., whose bedroom overlooks the front walkway. "It kind of had a pop ... kind of like thunder."

Forte said the sound was audible throughout the area, and neighbors quickly came outside to see what had happened.

The tree struck the edge of a rain gutter on the house next door, causing a dent, but it missed power lines and the Forte family's cars, which had been parked just feet away.

With many other trees on the street deeply entangled with power lines, Forte was concerned what might happen later, when the wind speed was expected to increase.

"We got lucky with this one," he said of the tree that fell. "If one of those goes, it's going to be a tense couple of hours."

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(Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com)

The tree was impaled by the post at the foot of the porch steps.

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