Commercial Roof Repair Crews Pivot After Hail Strikes Jackson & Central Mississippi on Sunday, April 17, 2022
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Hailstorms battered Jackson and Central Mississippi on Sunday, April 17th, 2022, as ice the size of baseballs and high winds damaged rooftops, forcing residents to take shelter. RestoreMasters promptly contacted commercial roofing crews in the field to pivot and lend support to impacted community members.
Early weather reports from NBC affiliate WLBT 3 indicated at least 31 hailstone incidents occurred during Easter Sunday. The local media outlet noted that “hail around central Mississippi left behind a lot of damage.” Community members said the blanketing icefall in the greater Jackson area sounded like white noise. Then large hailstones would strike roofs, making “thunks” on impact, according to one resident. Community members were urged to check for roof hail damage after the storm passed and consider a thorough inspection.
A local hailstorm damage map shows two large and two smaller hailstorms trekking through Central Mississippi. The small system highlighted in yellow, north of Vicksburg, dropped quarter-sized ice in the Rolling Fork area. Another yellow storm pelted Brownsville with 1-inch ice. Larger systems required emergency roof repair around Greenville and Jackson. The orange bands indicate ice as large as 2.5 inches in diameter and the purple section show baseball-sized ice stones causing widespread hail damage to roofing systems.
Hailstones as large as tennis balls reported throughout social media.
The National Weather Service wind and hail damage map shows a cluster of severe weather events across Central Mississippi, Eastern Louisiana, Northern Florida, and parts of Alabama. But Central and South Mississippi took the brunt of the fast-moving storms. The national reporting system tallied four tornado sightings, 54 high wind incidents, and 53 hailstorms. Wide-reaching reports show the following communities suffered roof storm damage.
- Clinton: Hen-sized ice pelted the area twice, leaving a wake of significant hail property damage as it passed.
- Forest Hill: Ice as large as an egg was reported hitting near Wingfield High School.
- Redwood: The unincorporated Warren County town saw ice the size of tennis balls top residential and commercial structures at 5:20 pm.
- Richland: Hail, the size of golf balls, blanketed the suburban Jackson city.
- Pearl: Quarter-sized ice fell heavily along I-20 as far east as Brandon. Reports indicate the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport was impacted by the hailstorm.
- Vicksburg: Hail the size of baseballs caused automobile and roof damage as the storm pounded various areas of the city in multiple strikes.
- Issaquena County: Ice as large as a lime struck buildings along the Mississippi River, north of Vicksburg.
- Jackson: Multiple hail damage reports were fielded coming from in and around the Jackson Metropolitan area. All indications point to residential and commercial property owners requiring roof leak repair.
High wind events also circulated through Central Mississippi, with trees toppled across McCullough-McLin Road in Monterey and Lebanon-Pinegrove Road in Fleurs Bluff. Residential and commercial property owners are urged to promptly schedule emergency roof repair inspections to estimate the damage and file insurance claims. Immediate roof leak repair is critical to prevent water penetration and hazardous mold growths. RestoreMasters recently responded to substantial roof damage in Little Rock, AR, after hail and tornados caused roof damage on April 11, 2022.
Severe storms, bringing hail, strong winds, or tornadoes can cause severe roof damage, by ripping off roofing systems. Some older roofs can sustain damage from only 50 mph winds. The intensity of roof damage is determined by various factors: the velocity and impact of flying debris, the quality of the original installation, the building height and location in relation to other buildings, the angle and shape of the roof, and the material used on the roof.
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