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Winds Slam the Las Vegas Valley

LAS VEGAS -- It was clean up day after heavy winds whipped the Las Vegas valley overnight. Trees were uprooted and patio furniture was flying. The winds weren't quite as strong Tuesday, but some gusts reached 50 miles per hour.

First Choice Tree Service has been busy trying to keep up with all the calls they're getting to clean up downed trees.

"This is pretty typical, especially for mesquite trees. Unfortunately, we don't have the conditions here in Las Vegas to promote positive root growth," said J Zambo with First Choice.

Zambo has been in the tree business for 15 years and has never seen business so strong because of the recent windy conditions.

"It has been an unusually windy year, and I'd say we have had about 25 calls in the last three days just due to wind damage," he said.

Damage that's keeping his crew and others at First Choice working non-stop. 

"I think we have about eight crews out today actually doing storm damage -- two or three are dedicated specifically to storm damage right now," he said.

Just northeast of Cimarron and Washington, Craig Nicosia lives in a condo complex where a 40 foot pine tree was not strong enough to survive the wind.

"This tree out of nowhere just came down just crashed right down," he said. "I was sitting in the room there, logging onto the computer, and the winds came through shaking the doors and the windows... I have just never seen before like this in my life."

The damage was wide spread, from Summerlin to the Las Vegas boat harbor at Lake Mead.


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