Erin Hodges and her fiance John Hopewell of Falls Church get around the destruction in the front yard of Mike Wolfe on North Virginia Avenue in Falls Church, two days after the derecho brought down trees and left more than 1 million people in the Washington area without power. The health of trees is often a clue to their vulnerability to high winds, but not always. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Erin Hodges and her fiance John Hopewell of Falls Church get around the destruction in the front yard of Mike Wolfe on North Virginia Avenue in Falls Church, two days after the derecho brought down trees and left more than 1 million people in the Washington area without power. The health of trees is often a clue to their vulnerability to high winds, but not always. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)