This morning I awoke to a surprise out my kitchen window and in front of the door. The old apple tree has finally given up. It came down in the 50 MPH gusts we were having all night. Fortunately it looks like it did minimal damage to the house..there's a bit of crumpled, but still hung and useful gutter, but no holes, torn shingles, etc.
Looks like it's time to learn how to use a chainsaw :)