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The wind gust struck about 12.30pm yesterday and felled the branch of the tree located in front of the Balmoral Hall on Cass St.
There was no damage to property or cars.
The hefty 25m long branch fell to the south and grazed the nearby wall of the adjacent property formerly used by Work and Income.
Jill Newton was working across the road near the Salvation Army offices and said she heard a "huge crash" and went to investigate.
She placed nearby road cones around the hazard and later police and traffic management did the same.
The wind in the Ashburton CBD has dropped off since the incident.