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By Brahma Chellaney
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Charlie Gischlar
Violent storms last month and a deadly incident two weeks ago are amplifying the danger presented by falling trees and tree limbs, which can be a hazard to houses, cars, people and power lines.
Millions of people in a swath of states along the East Coast and farther west went into a third sweltering day without power Monday after a round of summer storms that killed more than a dozen people.
A morning commute complicated by darkened traffic lights added to the woes of hundreds of thousands of D.C., Maryland and Virginia residents suffering a third day of power outages from a devastating weekend storm.
A man dressed in a flannel shirt and wielding a shotgun and a hammer attacked a vehicle mounted with speed cameras that was parked along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway on Wednesday, causing major traffic delays and a manhunt that continued into the night.
"With the right conditions — even a healthy tree — they're going to fall," Mr. Gischlar said. "We do everything we can to keep that from happening."
Mr. Gischlar explained, is that with the right combination, not even healthy trees are safe.