In forests with dense canopies, water can accumulate on the tops of trees during heavy rains, making them top-heavy so that they snap at a weak point in the trunk when the pressure is too much. Wind can have a similar effect. When the tops of trees are swinging, and the center of gravity it a bit off, tree limbs and trunks can snap or the tree might uproot. Ice storms that coat the forests with a layer of ice can equally snap branches or trunks.
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Lightning can also strike trees and split them or topple them entirely and can cause forest fires. Additionally, flooding from storms can wash away topsoil and deprive plants of the nutrients they need.
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