Hurricane Sandy's Amazing Force: Storm Uproots Giant Trees

David Kerley reports on Hurricane Sandy from Virginia.
3:00 | 10/30/12

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And so many of the deaths and injuries have been caused by falling trees. Crashing onto roads and into houses and abc's david kerley brings us the story across the path of the storm. Reporter: You are about to see a triple teardown of trees. Oh, my god. Oh, my god. 16-year-old john taping it from his window in rockland, new york. First a neighbor's tree. Oh, my god. Reporter: Then a tree snaps in their front yard. Oh. Oh. A car -- oh, my god. Reporter: If that wasn't enough, one more. Oh. I got that on film. Reporter: Maybe there is no clearer example of this, how softened soil cannot hold these big trees. Watch the earth start to heave. Matthew in hunting ton, new york, knew there was nothing he could do but watch and tape that big tree going down. Dramatic but these trees have also proven deadly. This is north salem, new york, where two boys were playing and watching tv in the family room when this 100-foot oak slammed into the home. A scene repeated too many times across country. These are some of our viewers' pictures, trees falling on houses, trees across roads and pulling down plenty of power lines. In delaware today we watched doug hudson and his crew working to get the power back on. Trees and wires don't go together. For the most part absolutely correct. They don't go together at all. Reporter: Falling trees really one of the biggest killers in storms and could be the biggest killer in sandy. Take a look at these. These are the roots of a tree here. We are now in alexandria, virginia. The problem is all the rain and all the wind. If you get several inches of rain, it softens the soil and then the wind just pushes these trees down. Look how tree this root bulb waste and how deep it was but couldn't hold it. They're still concerned. Central park was closed down. The mayor didn't want anybody in there in case trees fell there, as well. That is a big tree. Thank you, david kerley and a

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