Mother Nature overturns trees: Crews assess and remove unsafe trees

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ROANOKE (WSLS10) - Power has been restored for everyone across the region after Saturday's strong winds caused more than 35,000 outages. A spokesperson from Appalachian Power said the majority of these outages were caused by fallen trees and limbs. So, we turned to experts to find out how you can tell if there's an unsafe tree in your backyard.

Roanoke homeowner Bill Jones is removal several tree that could cause serious damage at the hand of Mother Nature.

"The big oak tree is so close to the garage and the house," said Jones. "Every time the winds pick up… you hear so many stories of trees falling into people's houses and they actually get hurt."

Checking to find if trees are sturdy and rooted safely, Tim Hullett the owner of Paul Bunyan's Tree Service told us crews are overwhelmed with calls.

"This is usually our busier time of year, spring," said Hullett. "Everyone has projects they want to do, they either need to remove trees or make sure their trees are in the best of health."

Hullett added with spring showers, rain can loosen the soil. And, if a tree isn't rooted properly it's at a higher risk to fall. He mentioned there are several signs to look out for to detect deterioration.

"They should look for cavities in them, if animals are living in them, any kind of dead limbs and loose bark," Hullett told us.

It's a danger Jones is looking to prevent by having crews take down unsafe trees.