Hurricane Winds a Concern for Local Trees

October 29, 2012 Updated Oct 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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October 29, 2012 Updated Oct 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) As Hurricane Sandy heads onto shore in New Jersey, utility companies in Western New York are concerned that the "Super Storm" could cause serious problems locally.

Several tree trimming crews are on "stand-by" in Batavia to help National Grid power workers restore electricity if high winds down power lines.

The crews come from the mid-west because east-coast crews are needed to deal with the storms aftermath in their home areas.

Tree experts say that the winds should be able to blow through most tree canopies because they have already dropped their leaves, but shallow root trees, like spruce and fir trees, could be tipped over.

The hurricane winds are expected to blow into Western New York from a northerly direction, something that is unusual since local trees usually face winds from the west.