UGA Expert Says Athens Residents Should Check Their Trees Before Tropical Storm Nate

Oct 5, 2017

Workers clear tree debris after Hurricane Irma came through Athens in early September.
Credit Joshua L. Jones, Athens-Banner Herald

When Tropical Storm Nate or another storm with strong gusts comes through Athens, a UGA expert says we should expect more downed trees due to weakening by Hurricane Irma.

Kim Coder is a professor of tree biology and health care in with the UGA Warnell School of Forestry.

"Now we have some broken trees that are trying to repair themselves," said Coder. "The next storm that comes, if it's within this season, could break or snap trees and cause failures, even though the winds won't be as big."

Coder says property owners should have tree professionals check out any trees they may be concerned about.