We have all endured a lot here on the East Coast, with Hurricane Sandy blasting through our woods and shore lines. Trees down in all kinds of directions - some landing in safe areas, and then others landing in the middle of driveways, or on top of houses.....
We have concluded that the weakest tree we have here in Connecticut is the white pine tree. It is used by nurserymen for quick screening planting for developments or between close houses. Many years later, the trees are only tops, waving around in any kind of wind.
What I discovered with this last storm was just how brittle these trees are. I leaned on a branch of a huge limb that had fallen the night before - very alive still - and it just snapped! I had always thought that these branches snapped because of the cold in the winter, but it was 65 or 70 degrees out! It was sunny and warm.
I then went down the length of the huge limb, and just snapped off the rest of the branches by hand. There is not a tree around that you can do that to... (I wish I could say it was my awesome strength!)
I would say it is not a good idea to plant white pines anywhere on your property. They are very scary when they get too large.