Strong winds could mean more tree damage to come

PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) – The ice from last week's storm may be melted away, but with strong winds coming back into the Grand Strand, there's an increased risk of damaged tree limbs falling down and making things even worse.

"There are broken limbs up there we're not able to see from the ground," said Todd Stephenson, owner of Total Tree Care. "They're camouflaged if you will."

Stephenson is an experienced arborist, and he's been busy taking care of the mess left behind from the last ice storm. He says many branches may be fractured or damaged, but haven't fallen yet, meaning a strong gust of wind could be all it takes.

"That's a very dangerous situation," he said. "People don't appreciate how much energy is gathered right there."

Stephenson says your best course of action is to call a professional to check for damaged limbs beforehand, but if it's too late for that or you want to try to take care of them yourself, he recommends using nothing more powerful than a hand saw.

"The average chainsaw cut is 110 stitches," Stephenson said.

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