Severe Weather Conditions
As a tree service company, we understand the importance of being aware of weather conditions that can impact the health and safety of your trees, property, and community. One weather condition that can have a significant impact is wind gusts. By definition, a wind gust is a sudden, brief increase in the speed of the wind that can cause damage to trees and structures.
Can 20 mph hour winds knock down trees?
According to the National Weather Service, wind gusts are reported when the peak wind speed reaches at least 16 knots (18 mph) and the variation in wind speed between the peaks and the lulls is at least 9 knots (10 mph). The duration of a gust is usually less than 20 seconds. However, even a short burst of wind can cause damage to trees and structures if the speed is high enough.
At Tidd Tree, we recommend being aware of wind speed and how it can affect your trees and property. Here are some guidelines to follow when it comes to wind gusts and tree safety.
Wind Gusts by Speed
At 19 to 24 mph, smaller trees begin to sway. This is a sign that the wind is picking up, and it is important to be cautious when walking or driving near trees.
25 to 31 mph, large branches will be in motion, whistling will be heard in overhead wires, and umbrella use becomes difficult if not impossible. It is important to secure loose items and avoid walking or driving under trees.
At 32 to 38 mph, whole trees will be in motion, and you may experience some difficulty when walking into the wind. Trees that are already weakened or diseased may be at risk of falling or losing branches.
At 39 to 46 mph, branches and limbs can be broken from trees. Cars can also possibly veer on the road, especially high profile vehicles. It is important to stay indoors and away from trees during these conditions.
At 47 to 54 mph, there will be light structural damage. This can include damage to roofs, gutters, and siding. Trees that are not properly maintained may be at risk of falling or causing damage.
At 55 to 63 mph, entire trees can be uprooted, and considerable structural damage can occur. It is important to stay indoors and away from windows during these conditions.
Above 64 mph, expect widespread structural damage. This can include damage to buildings, vehicles, and trees.
At Tidd Tree, we are committed to keeping your property safe and healthy. If you have concerns about the impact of wind gusts on your trees or property, don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation or tree maintenance services. Our team of experts is here to help you keep your property safe and beautiful for years to come.