Lightning Damaged Trees

Did you know that oak, pine, and maple trees are among the top 5 trees most likely to be struck by lightning?

What makes trees so susceptible to lightning strikes?

Trees are typically the tallest structure in the landscape, ultimately attracting lightning directly to them.
It’s important to remain mindful of a trees proximity to your home.
A typical lightning bolt is about 50,000°F, carrying 300 million Volts and about 30,000 Amps of charge.

About 50% of trees hit by lightning die immediately. Others become weakened and are more susceptible to disease and decay.
In comparison, a household current is 120 Volts and 150 Amps.

Signs of lightning damaged trees might not always be as noticeable as you may imagine. A tree may splinter, shatter or show obvious signs on the bark, but in some cases, trees can suffer unseen internal and root injuries that will pose a great threat to the health, stability and structural integrity of the tree.

There are many uncertainties when it comes to lightning and tree damage.

Don’t hesitate, call us today for a free assessment. 860-810-7161

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