Commercial Roof Inspections in Pierre, SD for Wind Damage Insurance Claims After Storm on June 20, 2022
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Wind speeds equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane ravaged Pierre, SD, as well as neighboring counties Monday, June 20th, and agricultural and commercial building owners are now tasked with emergency roof repair. The straight-line winds wreaked havoc in the state’s capital city as Central South Dakota continues to endure extreme weather systems. RestoreMasters dispatched commercial roof inspection services experts to the Pierre, SD, in an effort to help expedite insurance claims and prevent further losses.
“Severe storms that ripped through central South Dakota Monday night have forced the temporary closure of the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area on the Missouri River,” according to the South Dakota Central Press Syndicate. “Some of the strongest winds with the storm passed to the north of Pierre and over the Oahe Downstream Rec Area. A wind gust of 72 miles an hour was reported in Fort Pierre with the storm and 61 miles an hour in Pierre. The strongest reported wind gust was three miles south of Bunker in Stanley County of 85 miles an hour. Winds were reported 10 miles southwest of the Chantier Creek Rec Area of 71 miles an hour.”
Commercial property owners are advised to promptly request a complimentary roof inspection and build a record of the damage to support insurance claims going forward. It’s not uncommon for high winds to compromise the integrity of roofing systems that begin leaking later.
A local wind damage map indicates a massive extreme weather system stretched from the Badlands across Pierre and above Aberdeen. The light gray areas point to high winds able to tear off roof shingles, snap tree limbs, and pelt siding with flying debris. The darker area in the eye of the storm points to hurricane-force winds inflicting property and roof damage from Wendte across the capital and as far northeast as Faulkton.
News centers and residents post images and videos of the storm on local social media:
A powerful #supercell in #SouthDakota, approaching the town of Murdo by @MichaelSeger ⚡ Follow @xWxClub for more #storms from around the world.#sdwx #lightning #lightningstrikes #storm #clouds #weather #wetter #gewitter #orage #orages #foudre @StormHour @ThePhotoHour pic.twitter.com/MOElQGw7bQ— EXTREMEWEATHER.CLUB (@xWxClub) June 21, 2022
Another strong storm system ripped through parts of central South Dakota yesterday evening (June 20, 2022). Hughes and Stanley County Emergency Management Director Rob Fines says the winds picked up to the point where they set off the storm warning sirens. https://t.co/pEvidpBUYc— DRG Media Group (@DrgPierreSD) June 21, 2022
A National Weather Service tornado, hailstorm, and high wind damage map for Monday, June 20th, shows storm fronts across Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota. All told, national weather resources estimate six tornados, 48 hailstone strikes, and 241 high wind events resulted in widespread property and roof damage. Social media and traditional news reports illustrate the devastation suffered in Pierre and neighboring communities.
- Bunker: Areas of Stanley County were hit by winds of 85 mph.
- Harrold: Wind speeds exceeded 60 mph after 8 pm.
- Pierre Regional Airport: Powerlines were downed, trees toppled, and airport buildings sustained significant roof damage.
- Polo: Straight-line winds reached 79 mph in the Hyde County community.
- Seneca: Officials recorded wind velocities that hit 80 mph, consistent with a Category 1 hurricane. Trees blocked Highway access, powerlines were downed, and trees were uprooted by fierce winds.
When winds reach hurricane strength, they typically tear away roof shingles and raise sections of metal and flat roofing systems. A commercial roof inspection provides insight into compromised areas and gives property owners an official record to pursue an insurance claim before a leaking roof leads to water damage. RestoreMasters responded to hail and wind roof damage in Belle Fourche and Western South Dakota to support impacted community members on June 12, 2022.
Strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage. Some older roofs can sustain damage from only 50 mph winds. Roof damage can be severe or mild, depending on various factors which include: materials used on the roof, impact of debris, building height and proximity to other buildings, age, angle and shape of the roof and type of roofing.
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