I thought that if a storm would end up causing a tree to come down, then it would be a pretty severe one. I learned the other day that is not the case. We had a very quick thunderstorm pass through the area, and no one really gave it much thought because it was nothing big at all. However, we all heard the snap outside, which is amazing because I never heard a tree get struck by lightning like that. I knew that I was going to have to contact a tree service in Long Island as soon as I went outside to see what was going on.
We have a few acres, and there are probably two dozen trees on it. One of the trees that is close to the house is a good 60 or 70 feet tall, and it is the one that got struck by the lightning. Part of the tree was still standing, but about half of it was on the ground. I knew that there was no way I would be able to clean that mess up on my own because I just did not have the right equipment for it.
By the time I went back inside, the sun was shining again, that is how quick the storm came and went. I called my neighbor since he had just recently had some tree work done, and he gave me the number of the tree company that did it for him. They were able to come out the next day, and they suggested that I just have the entire tree taken down because it was not structurally strong anymore. They were able to have it down and removed in just a few hours, and you cannot even tell that there was a tree there now!