Here in southern Louisiana, high winds are a real concern. Now that hurricane season is here, it's time to look at your trees. Trees with problems can be a liability during storms.
First, check with trees with large dead branches or that are fully dead. Dead branches should be pruned. Dead trees should be removed from the property entirely.
Look at your tree's overall condition. A tree that is sickly, low in vigor, and shows sigificant signs of rot and decay in the trunk may need to be removed.
Decay in the trunk weakens the trunk and lessens the tree's ability to withstand strong winds.