Experts urge Triad residents to cut trees ahead of storm


Duke Energy and Dillon’s Tree Service said that to avoid power outages, people should contact tree removal services to remove unwanted limbs.

GREENSBORO, NC — Duke Energy said the leading cause of power outages in our state is due to branches or trees falling on power lines.

Experts said that to avoid situations like this, people should act now.

Limbs are pulled ahead of the storms unfolding this weekend

“A lot of the time when a storm comes along, it’s going to attack the weakest trees and the weakest limbs,” said co-owner Dalton Dillon.

Every day, Dillon Tree Service is in the triad.

Cut down trees and branches in order to avoid breakdowns, damage and even injuries.

“We do quite a bit of storm work. Honestly, a lot of our work comes from people who may have seen a tree fall in their neighborhood or on their normal commute to and from work and what that does is make them concerned,” said Dillon.

He said it was important to take precautions now, ahead of the winter months and Hurricane Ian heading into the United States.

“Because of its trajectory, it could push that weather up through the Carolinas and we’ve seen that before…we’ve seen storms that don’t hit us directly and still cause a lot of damage, a lot of wind and a lot of of rain,” said Jeff Brooks of Duke Energy.

Duke Energy said wind and rain can cause weak trees to fall on power lines, causing an outage.

“Trees are one of the main causes of power outages in our system and that’s why we have to prune them all year round because if we didn’t we would see even more outages, so that’s a big priority for us as utilities,” Brooks said.

He said Duke Energy was working to ensure they were proactive.

“Look down, look up, if all the leaves are falling but they are not falling from any of the other trees, that’s a sure sign the tree is under stress, there may be something wrong. going wrong or if he’s dropping a lot of branches, that’s definitely something you need to keep an eye on,” Dillon said. “Also, look at the ground, if the ground around the trees starts to pull away, you may have a problem where the trees start to uproot.”

Duke Energy and Dillon Tree Service said they saw an increase in calls in the past few days before this storm. Both said it was important to call a licensed professional to remove any unwanted or potentially dangerous trees or branches.


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