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.

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.

It's important to get a thorough roof inspection & property damage assessment following severe weather like this so that you can determine whether you have roof damage from hail or high winds. If roof leaks are a problem, they need to be addressed immediately. Experienced roofing contractors can either cover the affected area (or the entire roof) with a tarp or with a durable shrink wrap plastic membrane until long-term repairs can be made. Preventing water intrusion will help stop mold from growing.
Get your roof inspected, even if you think there is no problem, especially if your property falls anywhere within the area of the hail and wind damage map. Symptoms of storm damage problems do not always show up immediately. And insurance companies sometimes enforce deadlines for claims, so you need to get your claim filed quickly.
Emergency response crews are available to provide property owners with assistance in turnkey restoration services, as well as assistance with frozen pipe damage, window damage, siding damage, and roof damage.
We provide services to clients of all types, with hail or wind damage to tile roofing, such as: hospitals, medical facilities, churches, schools, colleges & universities, museums, condos, hotels, warehouses, resorts, retail properties, historical properties, industrial properties, and residential properties.
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.
Shrink Wrap RoofingRestoreMasters is a hail damage roofing and restoration contractor and provides storm damage restoration services including: commercial and industrial roofing, emergency roof repair, tarping & shrink wrap roofing, tile roof repair, water removal, burst pipe repair, water damage restoration, fire damage cleanup & fire damage restoration, debris cleanup, disaster response, tornado damage roofing & restoration, hurricane damage roofing & restoration, mold remediation, interior restoration and construction services to rebuild your property.
If you need storm damage repair, contact RestoreMasters.
Our team of large loss insurance claim experts works directly with your insurance company to get your facility back to pre-storm condition. A turnkey restoration contractor, we can help you with all phases of restoration from emergency response services to total build back.
Our team of professionals includes: insurance claims experts, public adjusters, building engineers, roofing engineers, interior construction experts, large loss attorneys and other professionals specialized in storm damage insurance restoration projects.
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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