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Monday 30 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C
# close shave
The wind ripped up a tree in Dublin last night... and dumped it on a car
Thankfully no one was injured. Storm Gertrude has been wreaking havoc with an arsenal of gale-force winds over the last 24 hours.

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STORM GERTRUDE, THE latest in the series of seemingly never-ending storms to hit the country since before Christmas, has been battering us with gale-force winds for a couple of days now.

The storm has left 10,000 houses without power as of this morning and is generally making a nuisance of itself.

Dublin Fire Brigade answered an unusual call this morning that showcased the sheer power of the storm.

A tree in a housing estate in Booterstown, on the southside coast of the county, had been dislodged by what must have been an exceptionally strong gale overnight, which left the uprooted tree bent over and balancing precariously on an unfortunate resident’s car.

car1 Dublin Fire Brigade / Twitter The roots of the tree were completely ripped out Dublin Fire Brigade / Twitter / Twitter

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Thankfully no one was hurt and the car was safely removed from beneath the tree.

The car may require some panel-beating though.

Another slightly more high-profile tree likewise bit the dust this morning when one of the Dark Hedges in Co Antrim, a laneway of remarkable trees best known to most as a memorable set from Game of Thrones, was torn from its roots.

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