Hurricanes and trees may sound like a bad combination, but the outcome of these two meeting is not always destructive. How well a tree survives a hurricane depends on several factors, many of which are under your control. These include tree species planted, tree root health, and pruning practices.
Though commonly practiced, topping (severe pruning - seen left) is detrimental to tree health and increases the likelihood the tree will fail in future storms. If you feel your tree needs this type of pruning you are better off removing the tree and replanting with a more wind resistant species.
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