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Top 4 Indicators of Lightning Struck Trees

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This year has seen its fair share of storms. Storms can cause serious damage to trees and plants. Lightning associated with storms often wreaks havoc on plants and trees. Lightning damage can show up in a variety of ways; however, there are four indicators seen most frequently in trees across Concord, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh NC. 

lightning striking in a field next to a tree

  • Splitting of bark Trees will start splitting off after a lighting attack. If you’ve noticed areas where the bark has split away from the trunk, a lightning injury could have occurred.
  • Cracking of wood directly underneath the path of lightning If you have noticed a line or path of cracked wood more than likely your tree has been struck by lightning. When lightning hits a tree we’ve seen it normally leave a path throughout the tree.
  • Steam explosions from water underneath the bark Trees continuously move water up and down the tree trunk. If lighting strikes water in the bark of a trunk is also hit. This water underneath the bark of tree then creates steam and can heat up the inside of the trunk.
  • Radiating waves of shock that can create permanent leaf wilting leading to eventual twig death Steam explosion can create a permanent issue for the leaves on the tree known as leaf wilting and eventual twig death.

Keeping an eye on your landscape is an important factor to negate the need for emergency tree removal services and maintain healthy and strong plants and trees. Lightning can strike trees at any time and cause serious damage. We recommend always keeping an eye out on your trees overall health. If storms have recently passed through or if you’re just wanting to know how your trees are doing our Certified Arborists are here to evaluate your trees and plants for signs of storm damage.

lightning striking next to palm trees If your trees are showing signs of lightning damage, we're here to help. 

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