‘Substantial damage’ more likely this storm season due to drought-weakened trees: BC Hydro

Nelson Star
October 26, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Months of record-breaking dry weather have set B.C. up for the perfect storm, the province’s power supplier is warning. BC Hydro says drought-stricken trees are far more likely to become uprooted or snap in half as the windy season picks up. As a result, British Columbians could be facing more serious power outages this fall and winter than in a typical year. BC Hydro’s meteorologist is predicting “a greater likelihood for substantial damage this storm season,” according to a Wednesday (Oct. 26) news release. “Trees that have been impacted by the drought will not show immediate visible effects. However, drought conditions have impacted the small structural roots that provide trees with stability, making them more susceptible to wind of any speed,” BC Hydro says.

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