A line of strong to severe storms will race across central and eastern Kentucky over the next several hours.
The Christmas tree in Lexington's city hall is wrapped up in blue tarp and on Friday it must go by order of the Fire Department.
The 16-foot live tree constitutes a fire hazard and violates a state regulation on natural trees in places of public assembly.
Fire officials say they followed up on a complaint about the tree and had to do their job.
They stress this had nothing to do with a recent battle over health insurance.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports workers will move the tree to a balcony above the main entrance to the building.