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Warning signs for falling trees

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Heavy winds brought down more trees in the Atlanta area on Monday.

On the west side an entire tree fell over, filling the intersection at Andrews Street and Chappell Road.

"At first I heard the trees cracking and then a big thump," said Oliver Lambert who lives nearby.

He went to see what happened and that's when he realized how lucky he was.

"I felt blessed because it could have come back and tore my house to pieces," said Lambert.

Lee Smith with Southland Tree Service said they've been hearing stories like that all over Georgia, and it seems to be getting worse.

Maybe the last five or six years it has been more than what we've seen in past years," said Smith.

So what can you do about it?

Mother Nature will always be unpredictable, but Smith said you can look for warning signs in your trees, like if it's leaning too much, or if an old tree shows strange signs of new growth.

"If you have a tree that's trying to re-grow a lot of limbs really low on a big oak tree, that's a sign the tree is normally in trouble," said Smith.

Trouble mixed with wind normally ends with a tree falling, but Smith said it doesn't have to if you act first.

"It can make thousands of dollars in difference. It could cost $500 to prune a tree up on average, but to let a tree go and die could cost you in the thousands," said Smith.

Georgia Power has certainly been busy with falling trees as well. It budgets for this sort of thing every year, but it said the scary part is, we likely haven't even seen the worst of it yet.

"Storm season for us probably starts around April and then we go into the summer months. Those are usually our more active months as opposed to the winter months," said Georgia Power spokesman Brian Green.

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