WASHINGTON — The National Christmas Tree near the White House was knocked over Tuesday when strong winds roared through the Washington area.
The National Park Service said the 40-foot tree from Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia fell over during a strong wind gust. A cable securing the Norway spruce has since been replaced.
“After assessing the tree’s condition and replacing a snapped cable, the tree is now upright," park service spokeswoman Jasmine Shanti said in a statement shortly after 6 p.m. ET.
In its initial statement after the tree toppled over, the agency said, "As the saying goes, 'the show must go on,'" and it noted that it was "looking at all possibilities to ensure a successful event this year" at the lighting ceremony scheduled for Thursday.
The White House declined to offer further comment, referring inquiries to the park service.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden hosted the 100th lighting of the National Christmas Tree last year. The tradition began in 1923 with President Calvin Coolidge, according to the National Archives.
Earlier Tuesday, House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., and other congressional leaders gathered for the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, a 63-foot Norway spruce also from Monongahela National Forest.
Danielle Jackson reported from Washington and Zoë Richards from New York.