IT'S TIME TO BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES AND HAUL IN THE
THE AREA'S FIRST MAJOR WINTER STORM IS ON IT'S WAY
AND COULD BRING HEAVY RAIN AND DAMAGING WINDS TO THE
IT WON'T BE AS BAD AS THE STORM THAT TOPPLED TREES
AND POWER LINES LAST NOVEMBER...
BUT WE COULD SEE UP TO AN INCH OF RAIN STARTING THURSDAY
EARLY FRIDAY MORNING, THE WINDS START KICKING UP 25
TO 30 MILES AND HOUR WITH GUSTS AS HIGH AS SIXTY.
KXLY FOUR'S JEFF HUMPHREY WORKING FOR YOU IN MANITO
TO SHOW US WHY RAIN, FOLLOWED BY WIND, COULD LAND
A ONE -TWO PUNCH TO THE TREES IN OUR AREA
LAST NOVEMBER WE LOST A LOT OF PONDEROSA HERE IN MANITO
PARK BECAUSE OF THEIR SHALLOW ROOTS .
WE PAMPER THE PINES HERE BY IRRIGATING THE PARK AND
THE TREES GET FAT AND LAZY INSTEAD OF DEVELOPING A
DEEP ROOT SYSTEM.
WELL NOW WE'RE EXPECTING A LOT OF RAIN AND IF THE
SOIL HERE GETS SATURATED BEFORE THOSE WINDS ARRIVE,
THOSE TREES MIGHT NOT HAVE A LOT OF TIERRA FIRMA TO
HOLD ON TO.
AND THAT'S WHY ARBORIST FROM TALL TREE SERVICE ARE
RACING TO THIN OUT THESE PONDEROSAS.
CUTTING DOWN THE DEAD AND DISEASED BRANCHES REDUCES
THE AMOUNT OF SAIL THE TREE RAISES TO THE WIND.
CAMERON COY/TALL TREE SERVICE 23;46 well right now
we're protecting her home by cleaning out all the
debris and the dead.
that way, when the big winds do come, it doesn't put
to much flex in the trees and helps the wind blow
through it 23;58
EVEN WINDS IN THE 25 TO 30 MILE AN HOUR RANGE POSE
A THREAT TO TREES ALREADY DAMAGED BY LAST NOVEMBER'S
THAT'S WHEN THIS FIR LOST ONE OF ITS TWIN TOPS AND
NOW STRUCTURALLY OUT OF WHACK.
JOHN FOX/ NATIONAL WX SERVICE SPOKANE 04;59 and the
fact that trees still have leaves on them, it's tells
me that there is the potential with these winds, the
saturated soil and the trees with leaves on them that
there is the potential that we could knock some trees
down from this event 05;12
JOHN FOX IS ESPECIALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE TREES THAT
BURNED DURING THE YALE ROAD FIRE BACK IN AUGUST.
BUT DOESN'T THINK WE'LL GET SO MUCH RAIN THAT ALREADY
TRAUMATIZED RESIDENTS HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MUDSLIDES.
THIS APPROACHING STORM'S BIGGEST IMPACT WILL BE FROM
THE WIND AND IF IT JUST BRINGS DOWN FALL'S COLOR OR
FULL ON TIMBER.
JOHN FOX/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPOKANE 06;23 if
you have things that can get blown pretty easily.
a trampoline or lawn furniture, put it away now while
because we're pretty certain the winds are going to
develop, there's no question about that.
it's just a question of how damaging these winds will
be and i want to stress this will not be as strong
as the wind storm we saw in november but it will
be a fairly windy event.
SO IF YOU'VE ALREADY DONE SOME RAKING IN YOUR YARD,
I'M SORRY TO TELL YOU THERE IS SOME MORE RAKING IN
IF YOU'VE PROCRASTINATED LIKE ME, GOOD CALL! WITH
THIS STORM ALL YOUR LEAVES COULD END UP DOWN THE BLOCK
IN SOMEBODY ELSE YARD.
REPORTING IN SPOKANE, JEFF HUMPHREY, KXLY FOUR.