Look out for blustery weather…wind and rain raise risks of falling trees and branches

Hanukkah Eve Storm Damage 2006
When combined with saturated soil, large single trees – like these Douglas-fir that fell on an Olympia apartment complex during the Hanukah Eve Storm of December 2006 — are vulnerable to strong wind. Photo: City of Olympia.

Wind and rain are coming to our region Friday night and Saturday, and these storms can cause headaches for all of us. This means damage to trees and big bills if a tree or large limbs fall on your house or car.

See the National Weather Service Forecast for yourself:

Be aware of the problems that can be caused by soggy ground and strong winds. Tree branches could snap, and shallow-rooted trees could topple. This could cause local power outages, too. And people living along the rivers should pay close attention to the latest weather updates over the next several days.

We can’t prevent storms from coming into our area, but there are ways to reduce the damage winds can cause to trees. How? First of all, never top your trees. Second, keep them in great shape with regular maintenance. Proper pruning means careful cutting, not topping; smart staking; and thoughtful planting as this video about tree care explains.

 Hazardous trees should be removed before they or one of their limbs falls and damages property or a person. What are the tell-tale signs of a hazardous tree? See the Tree Hazards list.

More safety tips for storm season


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