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Fierce Storm Topples Trees, Roils Sea

(Updated: March 14, 2010: 3:00 pm) A nor’easter slammed into the Sound Shore area on Saturday, March 13, bringing with it wild winds and a raging sea. Area homeowners braced for flooding and hoped for the best as the National Weather Service predicted high winds to continue through the weekend.

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E-mail and telephone messages from the Town of Mamaroneck and Village of Larchmont police urged residents to stay home on Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14, due to high winds and fallen electrical wires, trees and tree limbs.

A later message, provided updates on what the municipalities and Co-Edison crews were doing to remove fallen trees and get power restored to the many homes that were still in the dark. Foley’s Hardware on the Boston Post Road in Larchmont Village was running a generator on Sunday, having lost power at 5:04 pm, Saturday when the transmitter on Monroe Avenue went down.

“I saw it arc twice and then big plumes of smoke came out [of the transmittor],” reported Paul Treacy, a long-time Foley employee. “After the third time, that was it – the power went out.” He reported Foley was “selling a lot of candles, flashlights, sump pumps, extension cords, wet/dry vacs – and batteries like crazy, they’re pretty much gone.”

The Gazette and readers Don Sutherland, Marilyn Goerler and Stacey Ewald braved the storm to photograph the maelstrom and its aftermath on Saturday and Sunday.  Click on the icon in the lower right to see the photos full-screen.

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5 comments to New Pics: Fierce Storm Topples Trees, Roils Sea

  • sad

    Well, will Marlene Kolbert reconsider her addiction to trees close to properties now ? Good to see that there was no injuries.

    • New Zealand, Lawrence,3-16-10

      My thoughts are with you all who had to suffer this hefty storm. It appears that weather patterns are getting more and more extreme, with as result serious damage. According to first hand reports from some of my clients and also the excellent photographic reporting in this E-paper, many trees fell over. All trees in question had interior defects. Decayed lower trunks, and very limited root systems as result of ever expanding… human activity: road widening, expansion of driveways, trenching and roots system damages as result of building. It is consistent to my observations over the last ten years in Westchester and not the least in Larchmont with its shallow soil profiles. Because trees are such large plants, it is often thought that they can absorb lots of abuse. Nothing is further from the truth. Where roots are damaged as result of building or road work, decaying fungi set in to do their work. They may take a number of years to fulfill their task, but they are efficient at their work and weather like this shows how effective! Prevention of major damage to house and haven can be achieved through good pro-active management and that starts with having trees checked out for stability. Where trees have been removed, new trees need to be planted and thus it makes sense to look into the quality of the new tree and the planting practices. And of course the right type of tree in the right place!I am keen to see the aftermath first hand. In some four weeks from now I’ll be back in Larchmont. Meanwhile I wish you all the best with the clean up and maybe there is room for a tree planting festival! Frank Buddingh’

      • Oh my Trees!

        The only question I have for you Mr. Buddingh is what about all the trees in parks and the woods which are not near any homes? Why did they collapse and come uprooted if they don’t fit into your over building, anti-expansionist theories?

        While I don’t disagree with you on many points, I do not think that you have covered all the facts here. There are many reasons why old trees become uprooted during 60 mph wind storms – and over building is not the only reason – many of these trees were old and sickly and should have been treated or diagnosed a long time ago. Where are all the tree huggers out there? I always thought Larchmont had its fair share of tree hugging hippies who nurture nature. Apparently, we have lost the Luddites amongst us!

  • Redacted

    From what I’ve seen, many of the downed trees were evergreens. . .they had more surface area to catch wind, and thus were more prone to being uprooted. .

    As to the deciduous trees that did come down, no doubt many of the issues Mr. Buddingh mentioned were factors. . There was a grand old oak tree that was taken down near us not too long ago. . externally, it looked fine, but when it was chopped down, it was almost all hollow!

    Of course a tree in that condition would be a likely candidate for toppling, which many did. . also glad no one was hurt. .

  • Eileen Scully Ballway

    This poem came to mind, when looking at the pictures, from “I know a Village” by Phyllis McGinley:

    I know a village facing toward
    Water less sullen than the sea’s
    Where flickers get their bed and board
    And all the streets are named for trees.

    The streets are named from trees. They edge
    Past random houses, safely fenced
    With paling or with privet hedge
    That bicycles can lean against.

    And when the roots of maples heave
    The solid pavements up that bound them.
    Strollers on sidewalks give them leave
    To thrust and pick a way around them.

    The little boats in harbor wear
    Sails, whiter than a summer wedding.
    One fountain splashes in a Square.
    In winter there’s a hill for sledding.

    While through October afternoons
    Horse chestnuts dribble on the grass,
    Prized above diamonds or doubloons
    By miser children, shrill from class.

    I know a village full of bees
    And gardens lit by canna torches.
    Where all the streets are named for trees,
    And people visit on their porches.

    It looks haphazard to the shore.
    Brown flickers build there. And I’d not
    Willingly, I think, exchange it for
    Arcadia or Camelot.