so continuous was the strain bending their branchy heads northward

Irelia20150604

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The quotation comes from Jane Eyre Chapter 25

Quotation: Instead of subsiding as night drew on, it seemed to augment its rush and deepen its roar: the trees blew steadfastly one way, never writhing round, and scarcely tossing back their boughs once in an hour; so continuous was the strain bending their branchy heads northward—the clouds drifted from pole to pole, fast following, mass on mass: no glimpse of blue sky had been visible that July day.
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Hi everyone! I don’t quite understand the bold part. I try to interpret it as below. Is it correct?

Branchy head => tree crown
The whole sentence => Such a continuous strain (=strain force) was bending their tree crowns northward, as in the picture below:

tree.png
 
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