How can strong winds impact trees and power outages?

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 10:19 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at how flooding rain and wind can damage trees.

A healthy tree can usually withstand strong winds up to a certain degree, but when you add prolonged heavy rain — which can saturate the soil — it becomes a different story.

>> Live Doppler 7 Radar | INTERACTIVE

The water saturating the soil of trees weakens the root system. If it isn’t windy, the threat for tree damage stays low, but if winds pick up this could bring down trees.

Content Continues Below

Strong wind gusts over 40 mph along with a weakened root system could cause trees to fall over. 

If a tree is weak or sick in your yard to start with, that could make it easier to be damage.

>> Flood Watch continues, Wind Advisory issued

Trees can be close to power lines, so a secondary impact could be tree branches damaging lines and causing isolated power outages.