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Now that Hermine has left us thankfully without major calamity, it is time for the cleanup. As we have discussed before, the spring, summer, and winter tree care and maintenance tips are supremely important. Like anything else, many times the tree trimming and pruning seem like wasted hours, but, after the weekend we went through on the Outer Banks, you may be thankful that you followed our tree care tips. Now that the storm has passed, and we take stock of our home, friends, and family, it is time to turn our attention to our yard, property, trees, and shrubs. Hopefully this is the last severe weather storm that we encounter this year, but in the event of another, here are some things to keep in mind.

Before the Storm
If you have missed our previous tips, all of these are geared towards protecting your home, trees, and properties in the event of severe weather. Feel free to catch up before reading more.

During the Storm
If you have followed the preparation tips, or not, this is not the time for action. You will not stop a tree from falling, nor a branch from damaging your home, car, or other property. As always, during a storm, protect yourself and your family from any impending hard following the advice of local authorities.

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After the Storm
BE ALERT! Assess the situation. After a storm passes, there may very well be branches or parts of trees that are suspended on free standing structures. If those structures are moved, the limbs can come free falling down.

Avoid anything remotely close to a utility line. Electricity has an incredible ability to jump gaps, especially in moist weather. If there is anything near a utility line, reach out to your local municipal authorities. If in doubt, you should steer clear of storm damage. There are many experts available, whether they are tree care experts, or local emergency workers. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

In the wake of Hermine, a little storm cleanup is a best case scenario, but don’t let your guard down; Danger may be lurking around any corner. Of course, we all want to clean up after the storm, but if there is any hint of danger, reach out to a trained professional. We are glad to share these tips with our Outer Banks neighbors, and are here to help in the present and future. So long, Hermine!