CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It’s been a busy time of year for Gus Holevas, the owner of Gus’s Tree Service in Huntersville. Holevas and his crew spent several days working for customers after Tropical Storm Florence moved through the Charlotte area in September. Now, his phones are ringing off the hook as Hurricane Michael prepares to make landfall in Florida. Holevas said he received close to 75 calls Tuesday from people looking to get trees removed before the storm passes through the Charlotte area.
“Any tree service in Charlotte I bet you is busy right now,” said Holevas.
He spent most of the day Tuesday at a home on Provincial Ct. in Huntersville. The residents wanted several large trees removed from their backyard.
“People panic a little bit for this storm and I don’t blame it,” said Holevas.
Jay Simolin, the owner of the house, pointed out the spots throughout his yard where trees had been taken down.
“We basically just wanted anything down that if it fell, it would hit the house so we should be good for now,” said Simolin.
He said that Florence started to uproot one of the large trees in his yard. That was one of the first to come down.
“Last storm we had, we had a tree that was uprooting so he got rid of that one. While that one was coming down, this one was uprooting,” said Simolin as he gestured towards another stump.
The Huntersville resident said that getting his trees removed before Hurricane Michael moves into the Carolinas was a priority.
“We were kind of blowing up Gus’ phone today. We were like ‘we really don’t care what the weather is like today, it has to get done today’,” explained Simolin.