Westport tree warden: About 25% of leaves in fall foliage downed due to storm

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Western Connecticut's fall foliage was affected by Wednesday night’s storm.

Westport doesn’t reach “peak” fall colors for another few weeks, but the storm blew away a lot of those colorful leaves tourists come out to see.   

Westport's tree warden Bruce Lindsay estimates that close to 25% of the leaves in fall foliage have been downed due to the heavy winds and rain.

He says thousands of people come out for leaf peeping season across New England, and that tourists plan trips to parts of Connecticut to see the beautiful colors. Lindsay says when a nor'easter hits, the colorful leaves are naturally more likely to fall off their branches.

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"If we were in full peak color, I would say that 90% of the leaves would probably be on the ground today," says Lindsay.

The green leaves that are still on the trees still have a chance to reach their full color potential and reach peak season in the next few weeks.

 

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