28 Years After Hugo, Irma Could Cause Havoc For Charlotte's Tree Canopy
Longtime Charlotteans remember the shock of seeing streets and yards littered with untold thousands of trees, brought down by Hurricane Hugo in September, 1989. Could Hurricane Irma deliver a similar blow?
"I'm very concerned that what's left of our aging canopy may have a huge dent," says Charlotte City Arborist Tim Porter. "Hopefully, not near the scale and scope of a Hurricane Hugo, but, it's possible," he adds.
Porter says Charlotte's abundant supply of trees provides environmental, social, and economic benefits to the community. "Older, larger trees - very stately, beautiful - they really speak to the spirit of the Charlotte community," says Porter.
The arborist says property owners should make safety a priority during next week's potential storm. Porter also cautions that trees damaged during a storm can slowly decline, eventually falling and causing property damage or injuries.
Hear WFAE's Charlotte Talks program (April 17, 2017) on "City of Trees At A Tipping Point."