A powerful storm blew through the Midwest over the weekend, wreaking havoc across 12 states: Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and western New York.

One tornado that blew through Illinois’ Washington County, near Peoria, left a path of destruction more than three miles long, according to a preliminary survey by the National Weather Service. Homes were completely demolished, trees were uprooted and cars were flipped over in its devastating wake.

Many residents were surprised by the storms, since they occurred during the middle of November. This is the time of the year when most Midwesterners prepare themselves for snow, not tornadoes.

According to recent, at least eight were reported dead, and hundreds of thousands were left without power on Monday as the region began the daunting task of recovering from powerful storm system. Gov. Pay Quinn of Illinois declared seven counties as disaster areas.

Other states were hit hard, and some were left homeless as the storms ripped through the region. Thousands of residents came out to find broken tree branches scattered across their yards, and in some cases they found trees completely uprooted from the ground.

On Monday night, the Bowling Green, Ohio, City Council unanimously rejected a tree trimming ordinance that would give City Arborist Dave Bienemann authority on the removal of dead or dying trees on private properties. The council was in agreement that residents typically do enough in resolving their own trees care needs after hearing from Bienemann.

Although the issue of dead trees has not caused a great deal of conflict thus far, the city noted the dangers they pose after Sunday’s powerful storm. Five dead trees fell in the city during the storm, according to Municipal Administrator John Fawcett. “Mother nature took care of [those] for us,” he said.

Mother nature can be unpredictable and it’s important for homeowners and residents to ensure that their trees are safe from strong winds. Falling branches and trees can cause severe damage to property and people. Heavy snow can cause tree limbs to snap, and potentially fall on people’s heads. This is why it’s important for homeowners to maintain and trim their trees before the winter season.

It is equally important to contact a professional, who will be able to properly examine and diagnose the right tree care needs. Ken Brown of Brown Tree Service is a Certified Arborist with over 30 years of experience in tree removal and tree trimming services. The Fall season is a great time to have Brown Tree come out and examine your tree care needs before the winter season comes.

For more information about Brown Tree and the services they provide contact them at 847-550-TREE (8733) or email info@browntree.com.

Source: The BG News