City of Decatur warns residents to be wary of trees ahead of potential thunderstorm

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 10, 2018

File Photo of tree felled by Tropical Storm Irma.

Hurricane Michael will bring attendant rain and thunderstorms to the Decatur area as the storm passes through Georgia.

The bulk of the storm will be south of Atlanta, but the area could see 1 to 2 inches of rain and win gusts of 45 mph, according to WSB-TV. Rain and a possible thunderstorm is expected in the area Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

“We advise caution parking under and being around large older trees with root issues or hollows in the trunk,” an alert from the city says. “There is also a risk of falling branches. The City of Decatur has been diligent in removing the trees and damaged branches that have been identified as a high risk of failure to reduce the impact from such storms. Unfortunately, there is no way to reduce all risk associated with tree failure during a wind event.”

There are no plans to close school on Thursday, Oct. 11, but local school officials are monitoring the situation.

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