Damage Brings Emergency Roof Contractors To Topeka & Junction City, Kansas, Due To High Winds, Tornado & Hail, on May 17, 2022
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From KWCH, severe thunderstorms, landspouts, heavy winds, and hail plagued the Topeka and Junction City areas of Kansas on Tuesday evening, May 17th. A landspout sprung up in Decatur County. These are different from tornadoes, in that they are not connected to supercell thunderstorms. The airport in Russell recorded wind speeds up to 75 mph. Wind at this speed can down tree branches which can fall on buildings and homes, break power poles can cause power outages. In South Wichita, a resident’s tree in their front yard split in half just from the strong wind gusts.
About 4,500 customers remain without power in Sedgwick and Saline counties. In Salina, 2,963 customers lost power due to wind gusts of 58 mph. Clearwater utilities reported that more than 700 people were without power. A tornado was spotted, touching down briefly along I-70 west of Quinter and east of Grainfield. No damage occurred.
RestoreMasters has been working in Kansas, after severe storms last month like the one in Concordia. A team was sent to the Topeka area to assist with the aftermath of this storm as well. Tree branches breaking and landing on roofs, hail propelled in high winds ruins roofing tiles, shingles, siding, and even cracking or breaking windows. Future storms can allow water in unless damaged roofs and buildings are covered temporarily until permanent solutions can be applied.
The local hail and wind map shows swaths of heavy wind up to 58-73 mph and landspouts (black) in the Topeka area. One-inch hail is indicated by yellow overlapping in Junction City area, west of Topeka, and in the Topeka area. Larger hail (orange and dark orange) dropped in the center of stormy areas in the Junction City area.
Weather centers and residents posted images and videos of the storm and the damage on social media:
Saturday, May 14th 2022 - Montezuma, KS to Fort Supply, OK.— Joe Pudlik Jr (@TurbulentStorm5) May 17, 2022
Chased a supercell t'storm across portions of Southwest Kansas and Northwest Oklahoma, encountering several bouts of hail up to quarter size (1.00"), a few lowerings and great structure. pic.twitter.com/KHCifrJXPe
Hail, wind, and damage reports on the NOAA National Weather Service map indicate varied size hail, extensive wind damage, and landspouts:
- Reager: Landspout reported.
- Park: Landspout tornado north of Park.
- Jennings: Pea to quarter-sized hail, rainfall 0.3 – 0.4 inches
- Jetmore: Quarter-sized hail.
- Downs: 75 mph winds in the vicinity of a possible tornado.
- Willard: Wind damage report of 30” diameter tree top snapped off on Carlso.
- Frizell: Reduced visibility due to blowing dust.
- Salina: Tree limbs downed.
- Topeka: Two-inch diameter tree limb down across a road.
- Lawrence: Split tree blocking Roadway at 1600 Block Cadet Ave.
- Nickerson: 50 to 60 mph winds.
- Marion: 50 to 60 mph winds.
- Olathe: 60 mph wind gusts, nickel-size hail in Olathe, near 159th Street and Ridgeview Road
- Wichita Eisenhower: Three-inch tree limbs broken, power poles broken.
- Danville: 50 – 60 mph wind gusts from outflow well ahead of storms
- Fredonia: 10” diameter tree trunk snapped.
- Willard: 30” diameter tree top snapped off on Carlson Road, telephone pole was snapped in half.
RestoreMasters wants to remind property owners to be extra careful when inspecting roofs. They should have proper footwear, either soft sole shoes or roofer boots, and a sturdy ladder that has good locking mechanisms. Be sure to mark where the damage is and take pictures for insurance claims. RestoreMasters can also help, as they have the expertise and keen eye to catch damage that can be missed by those who do not work in the emergency contracting field.
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. 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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