City arborist: Check your trees before the storm

Video from the past two years in Charlotte shows how easily trees can tear through homes just in bad storms, not hurricane force winds.

"Hopefully it wouldn't be as bad here as Myrtle Beach, but I see you guys preparing for no electricity. Well, we'll hope for the best," Evelyn Brown said.

She left her home in Myrtle Beach to ride out the hurricane with her childhood friend on Pinewood Circle in Myers Park. Her friend had several trees cut and trimmed just in time for Hurricane Florence.

The neighborhood, along with several others, is more likely to see big trees falling down during high winds and heavy rains, according to City of Charlotte arborist Tim Porter.

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"Those trees are 60 to 100 years old now. Usually very large. Myers park, Dilworth, Wesley Heights, Wilmore, Chantilly, Elizabeth, Grier Heights, Belmont, Villa Heights, neighborhoods like that with very high volume of very large trees,” Porter told FOX 46.

He says if you live in those areas, you should go outside and check your trees.

"Look at your trees before the storm. If you see any major red flags like mushrooms growing at the base, obvious cavities or holes in that tree, or it should be green and it's not, those could be indications something's wrong.”

If you see any of that, he says stay away during the hurricane, as those trees could present a major danger.

"A large tree that's three feet in diameter and 60 feet tall, that could be 20-30 plus tons of wood if that fell or partially fell on a house. That could really crush things or potentially cause injury. I hope people take it seriously and look at their trees and maybe sleep in another part of the house or maybe go to a friend's house,” Porter said.