NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Power companies were concerned about falling trees Tuesday, courtesy of the eighth winter weather system to hit after Christmas, CBS 2’s Wendy Gillette reports.

If the forecasted mix of snow, sleet and ice descends on the Tri-State in the next 24 hours, the messy mix could also bring down trees and branches.

Spokesmen with ConEd, PSE&G and LIPA said they’re monitoring the storm and will beef up staffing as needed. Tree contact with power lines is the number one cause of power interruptions.

Workers with Manor Tree Company in Pelham Manor pulled out their brush chippers which could be used to clear downed trees.

Company owner Ed Mancuso said the chippers haven’t been used since Christmas. Falling trees have not been a problem, despite all the storms.

“The snow has been pretty light this year. Light in weight. Not in amount. This next one coming might be worse,” he said.

“You’re looking for dead branches, decayed branches, anything with a split in it, anything that’s hanging too low, might be too heavy,” one worker said.

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