Uprooted tree lands on roof of little blue house on Carlos Street in Moss Beach. (photo: John DiNapoli)
Downed tree crushes San Vicente Creek bridge, Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach. (photo: John DiNapoli)
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Warnings about allowing introduced trees (those not native to our area) on the coastside to become large enough that they can do property damage when they lose branches or topple due to storms are often pooh-poohed as hyperbole. Almost all of our power outages and damage to structures during storms are caused by trees, and the worst trees hereabouts (Midcoast) are the Monterey cypresses. When more strong storms pile on with soil already saturated, a greater number of Monterey pines and blue gum eucalyptuses usually join the fray, so the storm this weekend and the stronger one, with more high winds, coming early next week may well bring another onslaught of damage. The current storm patterns and consequences are very much like we used to see every ten to fifteen years with El Ninos, so now a new generation of coastsiders is learning their real-world lessons with a measure of climate-change energy adding to the severity.
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