Disaster Restoration Contractors Arrive After Devastating Storms In Tennessee on December 10, 2021
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A rare and incredibly devastating storm system hit Tennessee and Arkansas late in the evening on Friday, December 10th, dropping massive amounts of hail, wind, and rain. This unexpected weather event stretched across the state, causing large amounts of damage and loss of life. Due to the incredible nature of this historic storm, RestoreMasters has dispatched teams to the area for the foreseeable future to assist with all aspects of cleanup and repair.
The sheer magnitude of this rare winter severe storm combined with the late-night timeframe makes it one of the worst that residents of the state have ever experienced. This was an incredibly large outbreak that spawned sixteen total tornadoes in Tennessee in a single evening. In fact, many counties that had never recorded a December tornado before did so with this storm.
The event produced all forms of catastrophic destruction including demolished buildings, downed power lines, ripped off roofs, floods, and more. Through the storm system that spanned multiple states, 90 people including children lost their lives.
Hail damage itself wasn’t the biggest issue with this weather system—it was mostly wind and tornado damage. Looking at maps from the National Weather Service, the brunt of the hail was centered north of Union City, where they received hail of up to 1.25” in diameter (orange). Scattered areas of 1” to 1.25” sized hail (yellow) were much more common.
As a reminder, any hail above an inch in diameter can cause serious amounts of damage to a building. Coupled with high winds and torrential rains, the effects can be catastrophic to a roof or other parts of a building. Thus, RestoreMasters encourages local commercial property owners to check for any and all signs of damage now that the initial danger has passed. With weeks and even months of cleanup ahead, damage teams will remain within the hardest-hit communities of the state to assist with the entire repair process.
According to the National Weather Service, hail and damaging winds were reported in the Tennessee counties of:
- Obion — The Samburg fire station took a direct hit from a tornado with people trapped inside the building.
- Lake — Two people were killed in Tiptonville due to tornadic activity at the Cypress Point Resort. The NWS estimated the tornado to be an EF-0 with a path of 4.8 miles and sustained winds of over 85 MPH.
- Dyer — Debris signature indicating a tornado touchdown near Newbern.
- Gibson — Multiple downed power lines and debris blocking roads near Kenton. Quarter-sized hail and heavy winds. Confirmed damage to two to three dozen homes.
- Weakley — Multiple buildings were damaged and one person killed in Dresden.
- Henry — Widespread roof and tree damage near Cottage Grove and Buchanan. Mobile home and building damage in Puryear.
- Stewart — Minor injuries were reported. Extensive damage to homes and businesses in Dover was likely caused by a long-track tornado that crossed from Tennessee into Kentucky. 700 reports of power outages within the area.
- Fayette — Brief tornado near Oakland.
- Madison — EF-1 tornado that started in Beech Bluff and carried on for a path of over seven miles. Building damage in Fairview.
- Henderson — Significant damage near Lexington including downed fences, trees, and even building collapses. Crumpling of high-tension power lines, leading to significant power loss for the region.
- Scott — Tree damage at Big South Fork National Park.
- Perry — Damage to a barn near Lobelville and multiple reports of downed trees.
- Hickman — Confirmed tornado damage in Hickman.
- Dickson — Two injured inside Dickson city limits and multiple people trapped inside structures. Continued as a confirmed EF-2 tornado throughout Burns and north of I-40.
- Davidson — Wind damage in Belle Meade and Nashville. Straight-line winds for over six miles through Oak Hill and Lakewood. Nashville International Airport had wind gusts over 78 MPH, the highest ever recorded at the airport. EF-0 tornado was recorded near Pegram and multiple injuries throughout the county.
- Sumner — Evidence of tornado damage in Gallatin and Hendersonville. Docks and a pontoon boat were completely destroyed.
- Smith — A tree fell on a car in Hartsville. Building and roof damage in Carthage.
- Clay — Damage to homes, trees, and chicken houses in Boiling Spring.
- Cheatham — Significant structural damage and trees blown onto cars in Kingston Springs and Pegram.
- Williamson — Severe straight-line winds caused dozens of trees to snap near Brentwood.
- Wilson — Extensive wind damage in Mount Juliet, Lebanon, and Hendersonville.
- Jackson — Multiple trees down in the Granville area. High winds destroyed a 60 by 40 pole barn in Gainesboro.
- Smith — Tornado touchdown within the county near South Carthage. A tree fell on a car near Hartsville. Structural and roof damage to buildings within the area.
- Overton — Trees and power lines down in Livingston.
- Pickett — Large tree down Byrdstown by the high school.
- Lawrence — Reported 59 MPH winds. Multiple trees are down throughout the county.
With hailstones of the reported sizes, there is sure to be roof and siding damage. And with reports of a heavy thunderstorm, there were likely strong wind gusts accompanying it. Strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage. Some older roofs can be damaged by winds as low as 50 miles per hour. The severity of roof damage depends on several factors including: type and age of roofing materials, presence of flying debris, roof shape and angle, building height and proximity to adjacent structures and the quality of original roof installation.
Following severe weather like this, it's important to get a thorough roof inspection & property damage assessment to determine whether or not you have roof damage from hail or wind. 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) is covered with a durable shrink wrapped plastic membrane till permanent repairs can take place.
Even if you don't think your roof was damaged, you will want to get your roof inspected if your property falls anywhere within the hail damage map. Some storm damage problems do not produce symptoms right away. And insurance company deadlines could hinder your ability to file a claim later.
Emergency response crews are available to assist commercial property owners with roof 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.
If your building recently sustained damage due to wind, hail, falling trees, collapsed roof or other storm-related issues, give us a call today.
RestoreMasters 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, water damage restoration, debris cleanup, disaster response, interior restoration and construction services to rebuild your property.
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