Disaster Restoration Contractors Respond To Damage From Wind-Driven Hail And Two Tornadoes In Central Ohio, On May 3, 2022
Commercial Roofing & Restoration
Central Ohio received a beating on Tuesday afternoon and into the evening, with hail up to the size of golf balls and baseballs, and two tornadoes, both causing significant damage to houses and commercial buildings. Small hail driven by moderate winds can cause some damage to roofing systems, but large hail propelled by winds above 50 – 60 mph can cause significant damage. Additionally, tree branches and debris driven by tornadoes and very high wind can add to hail damage. When a roof is damaged by hail it allows for leaks and water seepage, which causes molds and mildews to grow in attics and between walls. RestoreMasters was on the move, throughout the central Ohio area, after the May 3rd storm to remedy damage, applying shrink wrap or tarp to roofs, assessing damage, and helping homeowners and business owners deal with insurance paperwork. They will continue to assist with clean-up and restoration. It was only a week ago that Lorain County had a tornado touch down, ripping roofing systems and throwing debris throughout the area.
According to local news reports, in Fairfield County, hail was reported as large as eggs or tennis balls, about 2 to 2.5 inches wide. Campers at an RV dealership were toppled in Jeffersonville and a grain silo and barn in Fairfield County were damaged. An EF-0 tornado dropped about a half-mile south of Rawson in Hancock County and remained on ground for 7 miles, lifting off a quarter-mile west of the Findlay Airport. It caused damage to barns and toppled power poles and uprooted trees. Another tornado, rated an EF-1 landed in Huron County and traveled only a half-mile. It knocked down two grain bins, and uprooted several trees and power lines.
A hail map of the local area, indicates a long trail of heavy hail ranging over 1” (yellow) from Ashville, directly south of Columbus, and moving up to Center, Ohio. Larger Hail dropped south of Ashville up to Zanesville (light and dark orange). The largest hailstones were up to baseball size.
Images and videos of the storm flooded social media throughout the afternoon, evening, and next day:
3 pics from my storm chase in Ohio yesterday! This was the area of rotation on radar/velocity as it approached me in Van Wert County, Ohio. It was severe warned at the time. #photooftheday #Weather #wxtwitter @NWSIWX #StormHour #OHwx— Charles Russell (@ChuckRussell87) May 5, 2022
Full Chase Video: https://t.co/sqoIhW2gJK pic.twitter.com/tFD69Paudt
Made this Twitter just to tag @weatherchannel in pictures, and I finally got my chance! These are from yesterday's (5/3) hail storm in Zanesville, Ohio (Pleasant Grove area).I apologize for my yelling. I was a little too excited until it got scary and we went to the basement. pic.twitter.com/701rM6cumX— Paige Wheeler (@IMAPUNKSTARx) May 4, 2022
Fun with editing…when your chase day media is slim, have fun and do something unique with it. @Philstormpod taking a warned storm in Ohio and giving it the 80’s “recovered footage” horror vibe via #videoshop app. pic.twitter.com/XjEcAGManZ— Storm Front Freaks Podcast “⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️” (@stormfrontfreak) May 4, 2022
STORM UPDATE 9 A.M. Crews have restored about 15,000 customers since the height of yesterday’s storm. Field personnel have converged on our hardest-hit areas and we expect power back by end of the day.3 p.m. Crooksville— AEP Ohio (@AEPOhio) May 4, 2022
8 p.m. Lancaster
10 p.m. Cambridge
11:59 p.m. Zanesville pic.twitter.com/JGTO7Cubvs
STORM UPDATE 8:30 P.M.: After 24 hours of hard (but safe!) work, crews are in the home stretch of restoring service. Hardest-hit Cambridge and Zanesville should be fully restored tonight with the exception of 22 customers in Cambridge, where power won’t be back on until morning. pic.twitter.com/F4RaROCdo5— AEP Ohio (@AEPOhio) May 5, 2022
Crazy storm! Giant hail from the sky the size of a golf ball hits the United States! Ohio#Hailstorm #storm #Ohio #USA #EfLey #ElonMusk #Twitter #UkraineWar #OromoVoice #SUGA #LOVE #LISA #XRP #BTC #Weather #Tornado😱👇👇https://t.co/wFJGxJvtoz via @YouTube pic.twitter.com/RZkoQg8uF0— storm center (@StormCentar) May 4, 2022
According to the National Weather Service storm map and damage report most heavy damage was concentrated in Fairfield, Hancock and Muskingum Counties with a lot of tree and power line damage, as well as many hail reports confirming the largest sizes to be 2” to 2.5”.
- Southworth: widespread wind damage in Landeck, trees and power poles down, chicken coop destroyed, shingles off roofs, a garage moved from its foundation.
- Hamilton: Trees and power poles down, a car damaged.
- Slate Run: Silo and barn damage, multiple trees, and power poles down.
- Lancaster: Tree fell on a house, 1.75”, 2.25” and 2.5” hail reported.
- Baltimore: Ping pong to golf ball size hail reported.
- Jeffersonville: Ten campers overturned at Buckeye RV, barn damaged, downed trees, multiple roads with snapped power poles.
- Cedarville: Two trees were knocked down, including one onto a house.
- Findlay: Tree limbs down, 12-18” diameter tree knocked down onto a house.
- Monroeville: EF-1 tornado confirmed, peak winds at 90 mph, grain silo damaged, 15 power poles were downed.
- Zanesville: Quarter to golf-ball-size hail, breaking windows in a house.
- Crooksville: Multiple trees down, one hit a car and a shed was blown away.
- Circleville: Large, mature tree down on Nicholas Drive
- Lebanon: Trees were reported down, and one damaged a car
RestoreMasters would like to warn all residents to be very careful when inspecting their property as some damage can be hidden, especially if trees or heavy branches fall on buildings, which may cause unseen structural damage. Hail damage assessment on rooftops should be done with great care and proper footwear, as well as a sturdy, properly placed ladder. The RestoreMasters team is available to assist with assessments, insurance claim reports, emergency repair, and restorations.
Strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage. Older roofs are susceptible to severe wind damage, by winds as low as 50 mph. 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.
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