When the Bough Breaks: 5 Reasons Why Trees Fall in Storms

Posted on: 7 September 2022

Storms damage and even cause trees to topple throughout the US. Even large trees that look sturdy and healthy may inexplicably suffer storm damage. So if you are worried whenever the tree in your yard starts to sway and creak in the wind, this is a good time to assess your tree's ability to withstand stormy weather.

A professional tree service can assess your tree for you. Sometimes, trees have hidden damage or diseases that make them dangerous when strong winds blow.

The following five factors all cause trees to fall in storms.

1. Windthrow

Windthrow is a phenomenon that strikes mainly very tall trees like poplars and pines. The wind pushes against tall trees and turns the trunk into a lever that can cause the entire tree to uproot and fall.

You may need to reduce the size of your tree or remove it completely if it is close enough to damage your home.

2. Crown twist

A crown twist happens when a tree has more branches and foliage on one side than the other. During storms, winds can cause these lopsided trees to twist. As they twist, lopsided trees then suffer cracking damage and can even snap at the trunk.

Pruning to remedy lopsidedness can prevent crown twists.

3. Damaged or poorly developed root system

The root system keeps trees anchored into the ground. This helps them stay upright in windy weather. But if your tree's root system is surrounded by structures, and has suffered damage in the past due to construction, it may not be strong enough to anchor your tree in a storm. Removal may be your safest option if your tree's root system is failing.  

4. A pronounced lean

Some trees grow into their leans and are consequently sturdy and strong. However, if your tree leans because its root system is weakening, then it could fall in the next storm. You may need to remove it or have the tree staked to stop the lean.

5. Diseases and pests

Both diseases and pests can damage branches, roots, and the main trunk. Sometimes the damage is hidden until a tree snaps during a storm. If you have seen the presence of fungi, mushrooms, or pests such as borers, your tree may be too weak to withstand a severe storm. Consider removing it.

Is your tree at risk of being damaged by the next storm? Then consider hiring a tree removal service to assess your tree. It may be safer for you to remove your tree to protect yourself and your home in some cases.


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