Video: Falling tree narrowly misses Eyewitness News reporter Nina Pineda

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Friday, November 16, 2018
Heavy snowfall causes tree to fall on Upper West Side
Nina Pineda reports on the heavy snow causing a tree to fall on the Upper West Side.

UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- The heavy, wet snow and the wind combined to bring down trees across the New York area Thursday evening, including one that narrowly missed Eyewitness News reporter Nina Pineda.

Nina was on the Upper West Side, where 67th Street seemed to be littered with branches that were snapping like twigs every few seconds.

People were snapping photos of the snow and fallen limbs, unaware of the danger they were putting themselves into.

The NYPD was on the scene, urging pedestrians to stay out of the street and on the sidewalks.

Nina was under an awning, urging passersby to stay vigilant when an unmistakable crack could be heard.

The large branch came tumbling down on top of the awning, falling to the side in a heap of leaves and debris while those nearby screamed.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

Several hundred trees came down all across the five boroughs during the storm, blocking roadways and downing power lines.

In one instance, an NYPD officer was removing a fallen tree when a different tree fell and struck him on the back of the head. He was taken to the hospital with only minor injuries.

Officials said the combination of water saturation of the ground and the weight of the snow on the leaves is likely what caused all the trees to fall.

While city parks were not closed, out of an abundance of caution, people were asked to stay out of the parks during the storm.

Scattered outages were reported across the area, mostly in New Jersey.


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