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Gusty winds during a recent storm broke a branch of the famous cypress tree on California’s northern coast.
The Pebble Beach Company said Friday that despite the damage, an arborist has recently examined the Lone Cypress and confirmed it’s “healthy and remains secure on its rocky perch.”
The tree, believed to be more than 250 years old, draws many visitors to the scenic 17-Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula to take photographs of it.
The owner of the Pebble Beach golf links and resort registered a drawing of the tree as the company’s trademark in 1919.
The company said the tree has weathered storms and drought throughout its life and that the recent damage is a natural part of its evolution.
The powerful system that hit Northern California last week unleashed rain, snow and wind across the U.S. West into Wyoming and Colorado.
In California, roads were washed away, people were trapped in rising floodwaters and debris flows destroyed homes. At least two deaths were reported: a man who was paddle-boarding down a surging storm channel in Escondido and a woman who suffered a heart attack while being rescued from rising waters in Corona.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/pebble-beach-17-mile-monterey-tree-damage-13623767.php.