A powerful winter storm in California has brought down an ancient tree, carved into a living tunnel more than a century ago.

Nicknamed the ‘tunnel tree’, the famous giant sequoia in Northern California that had the tunnel at its base people used to drive through was knocked down by a powerful winter storm.

Cars have not been allowed to drive through the tree in several years but hikers were still permitted to walk through it. Over the weekend a storm described and the biggest to hit the region in decades, knock the giant tree over.

The giant sequoia, also known as ‘Pioneer Cabin’ did not survive the storm.

It's unclear exactly how old the tree was, but sequoias in the state park are estimated to be more than 1,000 years old. Sequoias can live for more that 3,000 years.

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