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ISAIAS CONTINUES MOVING NORTH This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **ISAIAS CONTINUES MOVING NORTH** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern Nassau, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Queens, Northern Westchester, Northwestern Suffolk, Orange, Putnam, Richmond (Staten Island), Rockland, Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, Western Passaic, and Western Union * STORM INFORMATION: - About 130 miles north of New York City NY or about 160 miles northwest of Montauk Point NY - 42.7N 74.2W - Storm Intensity 65 mph - Movement North-northeast or 20 degrees at 40 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast this evening as the storm moves north of the area. While threats are beginning to diminish, strong winds will continue into this evening. In addition, minor coastal flooding, high surf, and dangerous rip currents will continue. Strong winds will continue across the area into early this evening before diminishing tonight. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters through tonight. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected to continue along the ocean beaches through Wednesday. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * WIND: Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across the area. Remain well sheltered from dangerous wind having possible significant impacts. If realized, these impacts include: - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles. - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over. - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines. * SURGE: Potential impacts from the main surge event are possible this evening. Remain well away from locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts. If realized, these impacts include: - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots, or in areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore. - Sections of near shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road. - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings.

Recognizing Dangerous Trees

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I would like to start off by thanking Cynthia Daniels for the mention in the January 10 Newsday article "How To Tell When A Tree Might Be In Trouble". It was a pleasure to help ...

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I would like to start off by thanking Cynthia Daniels for the mention in the January 10 Newsday article "How To Tell When A Tree Might Be In Trouble". It was a pleasure to help out with such an important topic, that I thought that I would go into a little more detail about it.
Hazardous trees are something that all homeowners, property owners, property managers and renters need to be able to recognize, yet they are sometimes not noticed, overlooked or put on the back burner for other more important things. Please note- not all hazardous trees are very noticeable. A Certified Arborist should be called in at least once a year or after any major storms to assess the condition of the trees to determine if any tree poses an imminent threat to the surrounding environs.
The next time you are out in your yard, I would ask that you look at your trees for a few minutes and look for any of the signs that you may have a potentially dangerous condition.
You should ask yourself the following questions to find potential hazards in your trees:
1. Are there any large dead, dying or hanging limbs in areas where children or pets would likely to be or are they extending over the house, driveways, patios or around the wires?
2. Are there any large cracks in the trees?
3. Are there mushrooms around the base of the trees, in the root zone or are there any fungal growths on the trunk, branches or exposed roots of the trees?
4. Are there any cavities or holes in the trunk or main branches which are exposing the inner wood or are hollowed out?
5. Is the tree next to a driveway that was just redone- or was any other type of construction done within the trees root zone?
6. Has the tree started to lean? If so this could be a sign of a weak root system.
7. have the trees been severely pruned, topped (a big no-no), or lionstailed? If so this could lead to weak branches as the tree replaces its canopy.
8. Has there been a history of boring insects or other insect damage?
I must, however, caution you- there are hidden defects in trees that requires a practiced and trained eye to spot, as well as some problems that can only be detected through invasive testing such as core sampling or Resistograph testing.
T this time the tree care industry has joined in with the U.S. Forestry Service in a joint project called the International Tree Failure Database (ITFD). This program is modeled after a program that the state of California started about 10 years ago. This is a voluntary program where trained Arborists and Forestry Service personnel will be taking measurements, site information, tree types and other detailed information on any fallen or broken trees in reference to the failure and the causes behind it. This information will be compiled and used to try to predict which trees are most likely to fail and the most likely causes of their failures.
There are a number of great sources for further information on this, and other tree related subjects on the International Society of Arborist's website www.treesaregood.com ,The Tree Care Industry of America (TCIA) has many press releases at www.natlarb.com/content/news/pressreleases.htm ,and the U.S. Forestry Service has a brochure on recognizing tree hazards at www.na.fs.fed.us/sbfo/pubs/howtos/ht_haz/ht_haz.htm .
If there is anything that I can ever help you with, please do not hesitate to contact me at 631-691-2381 or at 631-466-2930 or by E-Mail at aplantdoctor@hotmail.com .