Tampa Bay-area tree trimming crews get set for Hurricane Irma

LAKELAND, Fla. -- As Hurricane Irma gets closer to Florida, people across Tampa Bay are getting potentially dangerous trees taken care of at the last minute, especially inland.

Tree trimming crews across Polk County have noticed a big increase in calls for service. Leonard Kirkland, the owner of Kirkland’s Tree Service in Lakeland, said he’s been 10 times busier than normal because of the storm.

He’s trying to get to as many trees as possible. He’s also trying to give people estimates, but right now, he really only has time for emergency jobs.

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“If it’s not an emergency or something like that, tree’s about to fall, we don’t even try it,” Kirkland said. “Just for general cut down a tree, they have to wait.”

Kirkland said they’re working up to six hours a day actually cutting down trees. They’ll be giving estimates for another four or five hours a day leading up to the storm.

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