Had a bad storm Saturday night, got up in the morning to see an Ash tree 40 feet tall 4 feet from my deck. If it would of fell straight back it would be on top of my stove. The tree must of slowly tipped, because I had all the windows open and never heard a thing. It's very nice to have the trees close to the house, but it's best to keep them 30 feet from the house. We have trees fall every storm. It's not just the wind but lightening hits them quite frequently. Large dead branches can be heard cracking and if you look quick you can watch them fall. You can see metal on the ground, that's part of the stainless cable with all my bird feeders attached. Some got bent up, one was broken. My wife and I just said they other day hope we never get ash borers, we really like the two in the back yard. The only good news is I have more firewood.