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Joaquin's winds: Can N.J. homeowners avoid Sandy-like tree falls?

In this article from NewJersey.com, Rick Close, district manager of Davey's New Jersey office, tells homeowners how they can make sure their trees are prepared for the upcoming stormy weather. 

Posted: Oct. 1, 2015

By Jessica Mazzola

Homeowners surveying their properties in advance of what may be a catastrophic storm next week are too late to take down trees that might not fare well in the potential surge of strong winds, experts say. However, thanks to Hurricane Sandy, there may not be as much tree trimming necessary in the Garden State.

"I hate to say that it helped anything, but Sandy did help to clear out perhaps the most dangerous trees," David Robinson, the state climatologist at Rutgers University, said in a phone interview Wednesday about the impending Hurricane Joaquin.

Tree experts said that because of the time that has past since the superstorm, trees that did not come down have likely recovered from any damage they may have sustained during Sandy.

"If these storms had been in quick succession, you would have had a higher chance that trees could be damaged in the first one, and come down in the second one," said Dirk Vanderklein, a Montclair State University assistant professor of biology who specializes in plants and their environments.

"But, it's been a couple of years...if a tree made it through (Sandy), it probably has a good chance of making it through another storm."

Tens of thousands of trees across the state were uprooted or blown over during the October 2012 storm. Weather experts say it is too soon to know if Hurricane Joaquin will have the same effect.

The latest model for the storm Thursday has it making landfall in New Jersey at the beginning of next week. However, meteorologists say there are still many possible variations in the storm's track that make predictions difficult.

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