Storms, especially those with lightning and high winds, can cause major damage to the trees in your yard. It's vital to know when that damage is an emergency so you can make the right call.

1. Power Line Damage

One of the most dangerous tree emergencies is when power lines are involved. Whether the entire tree fell into the lines or just a branch, the risks for electrocution and for fires are high. Stay away from the area and remain in your home to minimize the risk of danger. Call the utility company first, as they will need to cut power to the lines before emergency tree removal can finish the cleanup.

2. Limbs on the House

Unfortunately, storms can bring down large tree branches or even whole trees, and they sometimes fall on the home. Don't attempt to remove the tree during the storm. Stay away from the area where the tree is leaning against the house in case the structure fails. If there are loud groaning noises from the roof, you may want to leave the house for safety. Call an emergency tree service to remove the tree, and a roofer to address the damages.

3. Blocked Right of Ways

Trees that miss the house have a high chance of falling across a road, sidewalk, or driveway. While this is not an immediate emergency, it does need to be addressed quickly. Blocked right of ways can impede emergency vehicles, as well as pose a challenge for anyone else trying to get through the area. An emergency tree service can put up safety cones to redirect traffic while they are cleaning up the mess.

4. Hung Up Branches

Sometimes wind or lightning breaks off a large branch high up in the crown of the tree, but the branch gets hung up before it can crash to the ground. Or, a tree can fall into another tree, getting its branches hung up in those of its neighbor. In both cases, there is a danger that the branches will break free so that it crashes to the ground. A prompt call for emergency tree or branch removal is needed to avoid this dangerous eventuality.

5. Churned Soil

An easily overlooked hazard is when your tree looks fine after the storm passes, but the ground around the trunk is churned up. Ground churning is often the result of the tree moving violently in the ground during the storm's high winds. It indicates that the tree isn't well rooted, which means it may blow down in a future wind storm. Call in a tree service to take care of the problem before another storm arrives.

Contact an emergency tree removal service if you have storm-damaged trees to take care of.