Disaster Restoration Contractors On The Scene After A Tornado Ripped Through Wichita, Kansas On April 29, 2022
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Buildings were destroyed and homes blown down, with rubble and debris scattered throughout Wichita, Kansas on Friday afternoon. This tornado was rated EF-3 based on the damage survey, which indicates that the wind speed was 136-165 mph. This tornado brought memories to those who lived in the area 31 years ago when Wichita was wrecked by an EF-5. It took many years to recover from that and 17 lives were lost. This event produced only a few injuries and no lives lost. A resident of the area, told CNN that she sheltered in her neighbors' basement across the street from her apartment complex. She said, “I just couldn’t believe it. It just didn’t look real. We stepped out of our front door, and it was coming straight to our place.” It ended up missing her home by a block but power in the neighborhood was cut off. Over 20,000 homes and businesses were without power. Fifty to one hundred structures were damaged. This was one of 15 tornadoes that touched down on this day, 14 were in the Kansas-Nebraska area. In addition, there were many reports of wind and hail, even up to 4 inches in diameter in neighboring areas. RestoreMasters immediately dispatched disaster restoration contractors into the area to assist with clean-up and restoration. Kansas has been having a number of severe storms recently, they were just in the process of recovering from one only a week ago.
The hail & tornado map of the Wichita, KS area indicates hail covering Wichita and areas northeast (yellow and orange), the largest fell over Wichita, up to 2” in diameter (dark orange). Dark black lines indicate the path of 3 tornadoes that hit the area, the most prominent, with the longest path being the one running from Andover to Wichita. Its path was 12.75 miles and the maximum width was 440 yards.
Social media blew up with dramatic videos and images, from news centers and residents:
'Major damage:' Tornado cuts a disastrous path near Wichita— AccuWeather (@accuweather) April 30, 2022
Dozens of buildings throughout Andover were damaged when a tornado, witnessed from miles around, spun through the city last night. @ReedTimmerAccu @theScantman #KSwx https://t.co/LYBCx7xx20 pic.twitter.com/zyaKg65qq7
A screenshot I did of the @ReedTimmerAccu stream NE of Andover, KS. Eerily reminiscent of the 1991 Andover tornado. Thoughts and prayers for the people affected. Incredibly emotional for someone who grew up Kansas, with family near the Wichita area. Dear lord. #kswx pic.twitter.com/HHpqF0smb0— Melon (@UncannyObserver) April 30, 2022
The National Weather Services storm report provides many reports from the Andover and Wichita area, as well as surrounding locations, also affected by tornadoes, hail, and high wind.
- Andover: EF-3 tornado lands, 2 people injured, and no deaths.
- Wichita: Wind-driven hail, winds of 65 to 70 mph, and EF-3 tornado from Butler into Sedgwick county, 1 person injured, no deaths.
- Perkerville: trees damaged, power lines down in Morris county.
- Tampa: Landspout tornado in Marion county.
- Newton: brief touchdown of a tornado in Harvey county.
- Eureka: camper was rolled and an outbuilding was tossed, a tree trunk was snapped, four transmission poles were snapped, small limbs broken off trees, in Greenwood county.
- Matfield Green: Semi-truck was flipped over on the Kansas Turnpike, in Chase county.
- El Dorado: Tornado southwest of town, and tennis ball size hail, near El Dorado Lake, in Butler county.
- Rosalia: Multi-vortex wedge reported, in Butler county.
Disasters are not easy to process and when your property is damaged or destroyed it becomes hard to make sense of everything. It is a huge help to have the expertise of disaster restoration contractors from RestoreMasters providing assistance. No one should have to navigate this alone. RestoreMasters wants to encourage everyone to be very cautious when inspecting or cleaning up property, as damaged buildings and even damaged trees or branches may not be visibly compromised and requires the eyes of experts to identify potential problems that need immediate attention. The teams will provide quick emergency repairs until such a time when full repairs can be accomplished.
Some roofing systems can be severely harmed by damage from heavy winds, tornadoes, or hail.
Winds as low as 50 mph can cause some older roofs to be damaged.
Roof damage can be severe or mild, depending on various factors which include: materials used on the roof, impact of debris, building height and proximity to other buildings, age, angle and shape of the roof and type of roofing.
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.
Rather than believing your roof is not damaged, if your property is anywhere in the area of the storm damage map, then you will want to get your roof inspected.
Many storm damage symptoms are not always evident immediately.
And insurance companies sometimes enforce deadlines for claims, so you need to get your claim filed quickly.
We serve the following types of property owners with hail or wind damage to tile roofing: hospitals and clinics, schools, universities, institutions, churches, condos, hotels, resorts, retail properties, warehouses, mult-family, historical properties, industrial properties and residential properties.
If your building recently sustained damage due to wind, hail, falling trees, collapsed roof, or other storm-related issues, give us a call today.
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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 assistance with storm damage repair.
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