2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season: NOAA Predicts Above-Normal Season

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As we prepare for the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has predicted an above-normal hurricane season, raising concerns for homeowners and businesses alike. Understanding these predictions and taking proactive steps to safeguard your property, especially your trees, can make a significant difference. At Hufnagel Tree Service, we’re here to help you navigate these challenges with over 25 years of experience and certified arborist expertise.

NOAA's 2024 Hurricane Season Outlook

The NOAA National Weather Service forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center have released their predictions for the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season, spanning from June 1 to November 30. This year, there’s an 85% chance of an above-normal season, a 10% chance of a near-normal season, and a mere 5% chance of a below-normal season.

NOAA forecasts between 17 to 25 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 8 to 13 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 4 to 7 major hurricanes (category 3, 4, or 5, with winds of 111 mph or higher). This forecast is underpinned by factors such as near-record warm ocean temperatures in the Atlantic, La Niña conditions in the Pacific, reduced Atlantic trade winds, and less wind shear, all of which favor tropical storm formation.

The Role of NOAA

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NOAA is a leading scientific agency dedicated to monitoring and predicting changes in the Earth’s environment. Their mission is to provide reliable weather forecasts, climate predictions, and oceanic insights that protect life and property. For the 2024 hurricane season, NOAA has enhanced their communication tools, including AI-enabled language translations and a new depiction of inland wind threats, to ensure comprehensive public awareness and preparedness.

Potential Effects on New Jersey and Monmouth County

New Jersey is not immune to the impacts of an active hurricane season. Storms can bring heavy rain, strong winds, and coastal flooding, leading to significant property damage and safety hazards. For residents of Monmouth County, particularly those in Middletown, Long Branch, Highlands, Sea Girt, Ocean Township, Belmar, and the surrounding areas, these threats are very real.

Monmouth County’s coastal and inland areas are susceptible to storm surges and flooding, especially in communities like Highlands and Sea Girt, where proximity to the ocean increases vulnerability. Strong winds can wreak havoc on tree canopies, causing branches to break and trees to uproot, posing dangers to homes and power lines in Middletown and Ocean Township. Even inland areas such as Belmar and Long Branch can experience severe weather impacts, including heavy rainfall that saturates the ground and weakens tree roots, making them more likely to fall.

For New Jersey residents, understanding and preparing for these potential impacts is crucial. This preparation includes securing your home and ensuring your trees are resilient against the severe weather that hurricanes can bring. At Hufnagel Tree Service, we are dedicated to helping the Monmouth County community protect their properties and enhance the safety of their landscapes.

Comprehensive Tree Risk Assessment and Storm Proofing

A professional tree risk assessment, combined with thorough storm-proofing measures, is essential in preparing your trees for hurricane season. At Hufnagel Tree Service, our certified arborists conduct detailed inspections and implement strategic actions to ensure your trees are resilient against severe weather conditions.

Key Aspects of a Tree Risk Assessment

  1. Structural Integrity: Our arborists assess the overall structure of each tree, looking for signs of internal decay, cracks, or splits that could weaken the tree’s ability to withstand high winds.
  2. Disease Detection: We identify common diseases and pest infestations that can compromise tree health. Early detection and treatment are crucial to prevent these issues from escalating.
  3. Branch Strength: We evaluate the strength and stability of major branches. Weak or overextended branches are more likely to break during a storm, posing a risk to nearby structures and power lines.
  4. Root Health: Healthy roots anchor a tree firmly in the ground. We check for root damage or decay, which can increase the risk of a tree being uprooted during heavy rains and high winds.
  5. Canopy Balance: An uneven canopy can make a tree more susceptible to wind damage. We assess and recommend pruning to ensure a balanced canopy that can better withstand storm conditions.

Storm-Proofing Actions

  1. Structural Reinforcement: Following our assessment, we take necessary actions to reinforce the structural integrity of your trees. Addressing any internal decay, cracks, or splits ensures the trees can withstand high winds.
  2. Disease Management: We treat detected diseases and pest infestations to restore and maintain the health and strength of your trees, reducing their vulnerability to storm damage.
  3. Pruning and Thinning: Strategic pruning and thinning of branches reduce wind resistance and the risk of breakage. By removing weak or overextended branches, we minimize the chances of them becoming dangerous projectiles during a storm.
  4. Root System Care: We enhance root health through proper watering, fertilizing, and soil management. Addressing root damage or decay ensures that your trees remain firmly anchored, reducing the risk of uprooting.
  5. Canopy Optimization: We perform canopy thinning and pruning to achieve a balanced and resilient canopy structure. This reduces wind resistance and helps the tree withstand severe weather conditions.

By integrating these assessment and storm-proofing measures, we help you mitigate potential hazards, ensuring your trees are as resilient as possible before hurricane season hits.

Protecting Your Property: A Call to Action

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As we face an above-normal hurricane season, taking proactive steps to prepare your trees and property is more important than ever. At Hufnagel Tree Service, we are committed to helping you safeguard your home through professional tree care and risk assessments. Don’t wait until a storm is imminent—schedule a consultation with our certified arborists today and ensure your trees are ready to weather the storm.

Testimonials and Success Stories

The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season poses significant challenges, but with proper preparation and expert guidance, you can mitigate risks and protect your property. At Hufnagel Tree Service, we bring decades of experience and a dedication to preserving the beauty and safety of your landscape. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you prepare for the season ahead. Let’s work together to keep your home and community safe.

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Andrew O.
Andrew O.
Quick, professional, and friendly! Would recommend to anyone who needs tree service and will definitely call them for any tree service we need in the future.
Mark B.
Mark B.
Mike and his Team where Great!! Had some trees fall during a storm that fell on my pool. Mike was quick to call back, showed up the same day and quickly help us deal with our insurance company. Once we got a verbal notification the job was covered Mike and his aTeam jumped in and cleaned up a very big mess in 2 days, we where so impressed with the work and professionalism!! I will only use Mike for any tree work in the future.
Cynthia M.
Cynthia M.
We had treework done today by Hufnagel Tree Service that was awesome! Mike was the one that gave the quote and came to do the work...first time ever the estimator came and helped do the work. We lifted one of our holly trees, removed a tree, had two trees and bushes trimmed. Everything looks beautiful!
Russell W.
Russell W.
Mike’s expertise was invaluable in helping us decide how to heavy-trim our big tree. He came to look when he said (Friday) and gave us a good price. He and his crew completed the work in an expert manner on TUESDAY noon. Taking care with wires and our plantings. Great customer service.
Matthew V.
Matthew V.
Mike and his team did a great job - he replied to my initial inquiry within the hour and came out the next day (offered same day but I was busy), can’t ask for much better service. Removed 3 trees from the property all in a single day like they were never there 🙂
Harrison S.
Harrison S.
Mike and his team were excellent! I had a large fallen tree branch in my yard. His team was quick with the removal and did a great job cleaning up. I highly recommend them.
Ryan F.
Ryan F.
Excellent service from start to finish. Quickly responded to inquiry about service. Very reasonable pricing for job and even threw in some additional free work while on property. Right trees were professionally and quickly removed and team considerately worked around my youngest child's nap schedule to prevent excess noise. Highly recommend
E A S.
E A S.
Responsive, professional and friendly. Mike listened to my concerns, provided recommendations and worked the jobsite. Excellent workmanship by hardworking crew. Highly Recommended.
mike S.
mike S.
I had Mike come out and quote me a price on some tree trimming . What was great is that he quoted prices almost per cut. Everything was done exactly how I wanted it and what I felt was a good price. The best part was cleanup was done so well even my neighbors commented how clean everything was. Would highly recommend.
Ronald C.
Ronald C.
Michael & crews have done excellent work for me two years in a row. Taking care of our aging ornamental cherry tree; carefull removing dead parts, helping remaking parts live on as long as possible. Cleanup work is thorough. Crew is professional, friendly and work safely.
Jeff K.
Jeff K.
I had a large tree fall and land on my fence. I was recommended Michael and he answered right away and gad the tree removed within 3 hours. Super responsive and great experience!
Rick S
Rick S
Michael and team did a great job removing one of our trees and trimming another. After calling for an estimate his turnaround time from getting us the estimate to actually getting the work done was impressive! We'll be sure to use Hufnagel Tree Service again in the future!
Jackie N.
Jackie N.
We've been using Hufnagel Tree Service for the past 5+years. We prefer Hufnagel in particular because they climb the tallest trees vs using heavy machinery which has messed up our lawn with other guys in the past. Michael Hufnagel is extremely responsive, manages his schedule well, and always follows up. He's at the job site and he and his guys are caring, thoughtful, respectful, and appreciative. Detailed and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Michael and his team, and I will continue to use them for my next tree needs!
Bryan D.
Bryan D.
Highly recommend Hufnagel tree service. Michael was very responsive with his follow up and quick with scheduling. Pricing was extremely fair and competitive. Michael and his team did a fantastic job with our tree trimming and left our yard looking clean and fresh. Will definitely use again in the future for any tree services!
Mike S.
Mike S.
Fast, efficient, and cheaper than the competition. Couldn't have requested better service. Michael and his team took down 2 trees for me, was able to squeeze me in a couple days after the price estimate, and the team did a fantastic job.
Amanda N.
Amanda N.
Mike Hufnagel and his team were very professional, meticulous, and friendly. He made the whole process with the town and the permits needed very easy! They took down 4 huge pine trees and trimmed the other ones in the area. My house looks great! I highly recommend Hufnagel Tree Service. Amanda/Oakhurst
Samantha C.
Samantha C.
Hufnagel Tree Service did an excellent job! They took out my dead trees, cut multiple high branches off my trees and trimmed a lot back to make the area look great! They got back to me within a day when I asked for a quote and did the work the next day! Very happy with their service, pricing and outcome and would highly recommend!
Maureen S
Maureen S
I called for a quote and got a response right away. Price was reasonable and the work was completed sooner than expected. Professional customer service! The cutting team made sure my yard was as clean as it could be when they finished. Overall very happy.
Tree P
Tree P
A1 communication and service start to finish.!! Quick response, great job and left my property looking immaculate. Thanks Mike and crew!
Nicholas B.
Nicholas B.
Mike was a pleasure to deal with from start to finish. Unlike some other companies we called, Mike actually called us back and was able to quote us quickly. Our job needed 1/2 day of work, which he was able to start on the next day. Him and his crew arrived early and tackled things incredibly quickly & efficiently. He will be our go-to for any tree service needs in the future. Thanks Mike!
Vanessa M.
Vanessa M.
We contacted Mike to help take down a large arm of a huge tree in our yard and remove branches on another as well as general safety clean up. He responded right away, came to see the situation, and got us scheduled quickly. We are very pleased with the team’s work. We will definitely contact Mike when we decide to remove the rest of the tree and highly recommend his company.
Deborah V.
Deborah V.
Answers immediately. Comes on time . Clean, fast, efficient work and a pleasure to deal with
Tom W.
Tom W.
Don’t have the words to properly express how throughly satisfied we are with Michael & his crew. Our new house in Middletown came with beautiful, though incredibly overgrown white pines. Large branches were breaking off in moderate wind storms. Entirely dead pines were creating a fire hazard beneath thriving trees. We also had a 15’ pine nearly against the house. In a days work they put our pines (not to mention the lawn) on the road to recovery with many more years of healthy growth ahead, and removed the tree next to the house grinding the stump clean away. Having a certified arborist made all the difference in the world. Michael helped us obtain the look we wanted while ensuring longevity for our oasis. Our neighbors were so impressed they came out and immediately hired the team to revamp their entire yard. Our yards look larger and healthier; we highly recommend their skilled care and execution.
Michael S.
Michael S.
I cannot say enough about the responsiveness, the work product, or the value. This team of professionals arrives as expected, maintained a neat yard, and hailed away everything. I will use them again and hit recommend Hufnagel tree.
Donna H.
Donna H.
Mike is definitely a professional! Prompt response to our request for services. Fair pricing and impeccable service without a trace that his “guys” were here! Highly recommend Mike for your tree services! R H
Andrea M.
Andrea M.
I emailed Mike and he was out the same day to give an estimate . We set a date and he and his crew showed up when expected . Everything we discussed was cut back . I could not be happier with the results . My backyard was a jungle! The results were even better than I expected! Mike’s crew cleaned up all the debris and left my yard looking wonderful. Do not hesitate to give him a call. I’m so happy to have found a great tree service.
Barbara K.
Barbara K.
Great experience. Mike was prompt in replying and outlining what work would be done. His team did a great job. Polite and professional. Highly recommend.
Amy T.
Amy T.
Hufnagel did a great job cleaning up some large trees on my property. Very professional, fairly priced and reliable. They cleaned up before they left, leaving the yard looking better than when they arrived.
Eileen K.
Eileen K.
Mike and his team were excellent. He responded quickly with his communications and was able to fit us in his schedule within a very short period of time, highly recommend
C H
C H
Called once, Mike answered, came that day, gave a great price and 2 days later took care of the tree. Mike and crew are very professional, polite and CLEAN! Not a dusting left in the yard, A+ service and local!
frank Z.
frank Z.
Hufnagel Tree Service is top notch !! I had a 40 ft pine that was leaning towards power lines and starting to uproot because of saturated ground. Called Mike at 1am he returned my call by 6 and estimated the job by seven. By 10am it was no longer a concern or a worry about damaging my house or power lines !! Awesome courteous service, and price was great for what I consider emergency service !! Clean up was also exquisite right down to cleaning up the sidewalk 👍
J E
J E
Highly recommended. A quality job at a competitive cost. I needed a large neighbor’s tree trimmed of many overhanging branches, without spoiling the proportions of the tree or risking killing it.They also removed a river birch and ground its surface roots. The team ensured our safety and did a thorough clean-up. Mike was on site to supervise throughout.Fast turnaround from quote to completion.I will be a repeat customer.
MaryAnn A.
MaryAnn A.
Had the very good fortune of contacting Hufnagel Tree Service some years back, after dealing with trees that had fallen onto our property from an adjacent neglected lot.Mike came out to take a look, and promptly identified trees that could present a future problem; as he is a certified arborist, we felt confident in following his advice. He then offered a very reasonable and cost- effective solution, and the problem was solved.Since then, we have used him to trim the trees on our property. Mike responds promptly, and is on the job quickly.He and his crew are polite, efficient, and thorough, from start to finish. Beautiful work, professionally done.One other thing- Mike will not try to talk you into more than you need. As a matter of fact, I have asked whether additional work needed to be done, and he told me it wasn’t necessary, even though it would have put more money in his pocket.An honest person, and a pleasure to deal with!
Maureen W.
Maureen W.
Great job, great communication, quick and efficient. Mike and his team were very respectful of my property and great cleanup afterwards
Robert B.
Robert B.
It was great working with Mike. He is super responsive and thorough and got the work done within two days of my quote. It was a pleasure dealing with him and his crew.
Peter M.
Peter M.
Great experience with Mike and his crew! Mike came out to my property and did a walkthrough with me, answering all of my “new homeowner, what even is this thing growing here” types of questions. We had a few trees that we wanted out of the way of our service line and he made it happen very quickly! Staff was super tidy, quick, and were able to make sure that their operation didn’t bother traffic on my busy street. Absolutely fantastic job and can’t thank Mike enough! Having his expertise and knowledge on hand when dealing with so many trees is absolutely a game changer for me. Really excited to continue working with him and his team!
Dan D.
Dan D.
Highly recommend Hufnagel Tree Service. Got everything done quickly and safely. Mike is a solid dude and a pleasure to do business with.
Ellen V.
Ellen V.
Mike and his crew did an outstanding job removing trees from my yard. The initial consultation alleviated a lot of the concerns I had about the process. The entire team was professional in every phase of their operation. They showed up on time, worked diligently to remove the two large trees, and were able to navigate working between two yards without incident. I would highly recommend Mike and his entire team if you ever need this type of service. If I could give more than five stars as a rating I would.
James Z.
James Z.
Mike and his crew did an excellent job removing dead trees on my property and cleaned up nice!
Henry T.
Henry T.
Excellent service with pleasant employees. Concise analysis on our particular situation. Punctual arrival for initial consultation and crew on day of service. In, out, and cleanup within 2 hours. Yard was left neater then when they arrived.
Scott C.
Scott C.
They did a good job and I was not even there
Bob S.
Bob S.
Mike is a true professional who cares about his work and was on site throughout the day. He and his crew completed our tree trimming and removal in the timeframe he promised and did a great job!
Richard P.
Richard P.
Working with Mike Hufnagel and Hufnagel Tree Service was a great experience. Mike and his team are very professional and incredibly knowledgeable. I would highly recommend using this tree service for all of your needs.
Christopher C.
Christopher C.
I cannot say enough good things. Prompt responses when I called and left a voicemail, showed up on time, very fair price for the work performed, and very conscientious work. Highly recommend
Anthony C.
Anthony C.
Easy to work with! Job completed to expectations. Reasonably priced - will use again!
Holly W.
Holly W.
This is our third time using Mike Hufnagel tree service. Mike always calls back. He comes when he says he will. And his guys are fast, professional, and do a great job every time! Mike always makes sure we are satisfied with the service when he's done. Mike Hufnagel tree service is the only one I call!
Tammy F.
Tammy F.
Mike is awesome. He and his team did the work the same day of the quote. The guys were super respectful of my garden treasures and all the wildlife in and around my trees. The work was done efficiently and with zero mess left behind. Thank you. 🙏🏼
Mark S.
Mark S.
Called to have a tree removed - Got an estimate within an hour and the tree was removed later that same afternoon. Great job - cleaned up debris - I’m definitely going to keep using these guys!
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