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first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A major winter storm that pummeled the Southeast has become a “nightmare and a tragedy” in North Carolina, claiming at least two lives, the governor said, as he warned drivers to be cautious of snowy roads and dangerous ice.The storm has dropped staggering amounts of snow, ice and rain across North Carolina, with a year’s worth of snow falling in some places in just one day, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday.A driver died in Matthews, NC, on Sunday after a tree struck the car. The driver then plowed through the front lawn of a church, hitting the building and causing minor structural damage, local police said.In Haywood County, a woman on hospice care died, Cooper said, and another possible storm-related death is under investigation.Now the South is digging out from what Cooper called a “mammoth winter storm.”While up to 20 inches of heavy, wet snow fell in North Carolina, the storm also brought 2 feet of snow to Whitetop, Va.Richmond, Va., had its second-snowiest December day on record and double-digit totals were reported in South Carolina, Tennessee and as far west as Texas.Parts of West Virginia saw a whopping 20 inches of snow.Freezing temperatures could turn wet and slushy roads into ice rinks in some areas on Tuesday, Cooper warned Monday.Cars were abandoned amid the snow and sleet. A four-wheel drive plow even became stuck in 1 foot of snow in Greensboro, NC.In Virginia, state police said they responded to over 1,000 car crashes on Sunday.Due to the heavy snow and freezing temperatures overnight, state police on Monday are urging Virginians to avoid driving in the western, southern and central regions of the state.Gov. Cooper added Sunday, “Travel conditions are extremely hazardous. Don’t put your life and the lives of first responders at risk by getting out on roads covered with snow and ice.”The storm not only canceled over 1,000 flights on Sunday, it also left more than 276,000 people without power across seven states Monday morning. Over half of the power outages are in North Carolina.The forecastThat storm now has moved to the coast, just off the Carolinas. Wet snow was falling Monday morning in the mountains of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.Snow and rain are expected to continue falling in the Southeast as the low pressure slowly begins to pull away from the coast. Not much snow accumulation is expected.The Southeast will remain chilly into Tuesday, with early-morning wind chills in the 20s and 30s for many areas.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgIf you want to be successful with a home fruit orchard, you need to start from the ground up.Generally, fruit trees are composed of two parts: the scion and the rootstock. The scion is equivalent to the variety. The rootstock is the bottom part of the tree and is critical to its longevity.The bud union is the site where the scion was grafted to the rootstock seedling. It’s generally obvious at the time of planting.Rootstocks affect trees’ size, aesthetics and resistance to freeze injury, diseases and pests. Dwarfing trees makes them easier to manage by making them simpler to prune, thin and harvest.Apple RootstockApple rootstock development has provided the greatest range in size modification. The M7 is semidwarfing rootstock and reduces pruning needs while making thinning and harvesting easier. It also provides some fire blight resistance.Too much dwarfing can increase expenses and management. The M26 requires support by way of trellising. This technique is expensive, but it has the benefit of placing all of the fruit virtually within arm’s length. Trellised apple trees on M26 make interesting and friendlier fences between you and your neighbors, too.In pear production, the Calleryana seedling rootstock develops into a very large tree that’s susceptible to fire blight. But Old Home and Province Quince are resistant to fire blight.Plums, PeachesFor plums and peaches, Nemaguard and Guardian are good rootstocks. Nemaguard is useful where root knot nematodes are in the soil. Guardian is advisable in peach replant sites or when root knot or ring nematodes are a problem. For peaches, Lovell and Halford are also options, but they don’t provide nematode resistance.If you plan to buy named varieties from tree nurseries, now is the time to make a decision for next year.The nurseries plan now which scion-rootstock combinations they will plant for sale next year. To be certain you get your favorite variety on the dwarfing or resistant rootstock of your choice, place an order now. PlantCarefullyPlan Orchardlast_img read more

first_imgRelatedFabio CoentraoJune 30, 2017Similar postKompany Named In Belgium World Cup Squad Despite Injury As Benteke Misses OutJune 4, 2018In “England”EPL: Higuain, Kovacic Pick Starting Spots Against TottenhamFebruary 27, 2019In “England” Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is expected to be out of action till after Christmas due to the hamstring injury he sustained earlier this month.The 28-year old got the injury during his side’s 3-1 victory over European champions Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) on November 1.On the injury timeline for the Belgian, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “Maybe after the Christmas period is the expectation. He is a little bit sad.”The former Southampton and Atletico Madrid defender will now miss at least 11 games in all competitions including Tottenham’s Boxing Day league fixture.It’s a personal blow for Toby, who had featured in all of Tottenham’s Premier League and Champions League matches this season before limping off against Madrid.last_img read more