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    Strong storms damage white pine trees in Conn.

    Tree experts say that scores of white pines along Connecticut’s shoreline could be dead by the end of the year because of damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy last October. Experts told the Connecticut Post that saltwater spray damaged thousands of white pines, some miles inland, from Greenwich to Stonington. Many needles have turned a coppery brown. Sharon Douglas, head of the plant disease office at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, said salt solutions spread on roads during storms also damage white pine roots.