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Crews Cut Down Tree Branches in Preparation of Bay Area Storm

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    Crews Cut Down Tree Branches in Preparation of Bay Area Storm

    Several Bay Area residents are preparing for the upcoming storm by cutting down tree branches. Robert Handa reports. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015)

    Several Bay Area residents are preparing for the upcoming storm by cutting down tree branches.

    California's severe drought has created a situation where residents, especially those living in the South Bay, face the hazard of falling trees.

    During the last storm to hit the Bay Area in December, huge trees toppled on power lines, damaging poles and causing outages.

    "They act as big sails. These branches catch the wind and the trees will move 20 feet from side to side," resident Ralph Miljanich said. "And it doesn't seem like that when they're in the ground, but they'll snap off and fall on the house or damage the road."

    In San Jose and Santa Clara, huge trees came down just from the surging wind.

    Bob Pilgreen of Travis Tree Professionals said the next storm could cause even more damage.

    "The wind is the most dangerous," Pilgreen said. "Rain, sometimes if it rains really hard we'll get little mudslides here and there."

    Travis Tree Professionals report the company is booked solid with jobs over the next two days as people prepare for the storm.

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