Storm season is coming, are you ready?

Trees that grow near power lines can be dangerous and cause power outages.
Trees that grow near power lines can be dangerous and cause power outages.

Wind and rain are making their way to our region, 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.

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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