Everytime we have a big storm, we lose some trees, and folks often get scared and decide to cut down trees in their yard. Please think carefully, though, before you cut down trees. If you are concerned, get trees evaluated by a professional arborist. Most healthy trees weather storms just fine. And trees provide so many other benefits. They actually help to absorb all the water from storms that would otherwise run off, erode property, and cause flooding. Large shade trees can lower summer temperatures by as much as 10 degrees — and it takes about 40% coverage of a given area to have that cooling effect. So every tree is important!