With the threat of severe weather heading towards the Tennessee Valley tonight, some residents are taking precautions by cutting down their trees.
Large trees have been a continuous problem in historic neighborhoods in Huntsville. WAAY 31 went to Locust Circle where one resident told us they have seen a lot of damage from trees in the past.
Something they are now taking preventative measures to make sure it doesn't happen again.
"I've seen a lot of big trees come down in this neighborhood, next door to me they cut down five of six huge trees recently...In their front yard."
Homeowners on locust drive tell me many of these trees were planted in the 1950s when the original homes were built and they're getting to an age now where high winds could cause them to fall onto their homes. And even if the entire tree doesn't come down, the branches are so large they can still cause damage.
"Some of these huge trees drop very large branches during the storms and have potential to hit houses."
When preparing for a storm, it's best to get branches trimmed by an insured tree company. They can also check to make sure your trees have a sound structure that can resist high winds. And if a tree is too old or weak, experts suggest getting them removed completely.
Something residents in this Huntsville neighborhood are taking note of.
"I think when trees get too old and too large they just need to come down."
WAAY 31 spoke with one tree trimming service who says they've been busier in recent weeks and that people in the area are becoming increasingly aware of the possibly of trees falling on their homes due to high winds.
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