If you have ever added water to a potted plant, or pulled weeds after a good rain, you know that water tends to loosen the soil.
Following a series of heavy rains, the top soil layer gets saturated above the dense rocky clay in our region. Trees tend to stand less of a chance against strong winds. Those that don't blow completely over from losing their grip to the soil may break at some point up the trunk.
When this happens in the forest, it's not as concerning. But when it happens on a house, it can ruin your whole day. Fortunately, we have the experience to help.
Here is an article that provides advice if you are caught in this situation. And a video to illustrate the situation on New Years 2020: