Damage Brings Emergency Roof Contractors To Topeka & Junction City, Kansas, Due To High Winds, Tornado & Hail, on May 17, 2022

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May 18, 2022

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.

Hail Map, Topeka, Kansas, May 17, 2022

Weather centers and residents posted images and videos of the storm and the damage on social media:

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.

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.

Several factors will determine the severity of roof damage: the height of the building and proximity to nearby structures, the quality of work by the original installers, the shape and angle of the roof, the age and type of roofing materials, and the impact from debris.

Getting a roof inspection & property damage assessment after severe weather like this is important for determining whether you need to address roof damage from hail or high winds.

If roof leaks do occur, an experienced disaster roofing contractor can stop leaks with tarping or shrink wrapping, where affected areas (or the entire roof) are covered with a durable shrink-wrapped plastic membrane till permanent repairs can take place. That way you can prevent mold growth from water intrusion.

If your property was anywhere within the storm damage map, it would be best to get your roof inspected, even if you think your roof was not damaged.

Many storm damage symptoms are not always evident immediately.

And deadlines from insurance companies could hinder you from filing a claim later.

Emergency response crews are available to assist commercial property owners with roof damage, frozen pipe damage, siding and window damage, and turnkey restoration services.

Our clients include: schools, hospitals, hotels, churches, resorts, retail, warehouse, industrial, and other commercial properties as well as residential properties with hail or wind damage to tile roofing systems.

Call us today, if your building or roofing system has seen damage from fallen trees or collapsed roof or any other damage from hail, tornadoes or wind storms.

Lighthouse Tabernacle - Sulphur, LARestoreMasters is a disaster restoration contractor, providing storm damage restoration from hail, tornadoes, fire and flood, responding to emergencies in disaster situations, by aiding with repair of commercial and industrial roofing, tile roofs, providing temporary solutions to cover damaged roofs with tarp or shrink wrap.

We also provide clean up of storm debris, water damage cleanup, frozen pipe burst cleanup, restoration after water damage, mold remediation, tornado damage roofing & restoration, hurricane damage roofing & restoration, interior restoration and construction and much more. We also provide fire damage cleanup & restoration.

Contact RestoreMasters if you need help fixing storm damage.

As one of the nation's leading large loss claims experts, our team of independent adjusters works directly with your insurance company to help expedite the process and get your facility back to full operation in no time.

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The RestoreMasters team of professionals includes: public adjusters, insurance claims experts, large loss attorneys, roofing and building engineers, interior restoration crews, and many more professionals specializing in insurance restoration for storm damage.

We do repair, replacement and restoration services on the following roofing systems: TPO roofing, metal roofing, tile roofing for hail damage, slate roofing, asphalt shingle roofing from hurricane damage, EPDM roofing, roof coatings, torch down roofing, BUR roofing, SBS-modified roofing repair, PVC roofing.

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