Emergency Contractor Team Fixes Roofing Systems Following Heavy Hail Storms, On May 9, 2022 In St. Paul, Minnesota
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Two storms roared through Minnesota, on Monday, May 9, 2022. Fallen trees, hailstones the size of baseballs, heavy wind and rain, all converged to bring chaos to owners of homes and commercial buildings throughout the St. Paul area. One couple, Dan and Susan Brown living on River Street in Chisago County was devastated to have their Italianate home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, damaged beyond belief. Twenty-six trees were thrown aside on the property, but several fell against the house and nearly removed the back porch, windows are broken and the floor inside is slanted. In Isanti County, a house was struck by lightning and another had a tree land on it. This storm extended beyond the St. Paul area to the western side of Minnesota and further. RestoreMasters’ team is in St. Paul, MN, and surrounding areas to help with emergency remediation, assessment, restoration, and repairs.
A local area hail map indicates almost baseball size hail (orange) falling in the southeast corner of St. Paul, while areas surrounding received hail up to the size of walnuts and beyond that, hail up to one inch (yellow).
Social media has several images of hailstones and damage throughout the area, posted by residents and storm experts.
NOAA’s National Weather Service incident report lists many trees down, power lines down, and hail ranging from pea-size to baseball size.
- St. Paul: Baseball-size hail.
- Ramsey: Trees down
- Francis: Trees uprooted
- Oak Grove: Trees down, power out in town
- Stacy: Power lines were blown over
- Harriss: Trees uprooted
- Hastings: 2’ diameter trees down
- Isanti: Hail covered the ground.
- Rock Creek: Some Golf ball-sized hail and a lot of pea size hail.
- Bellechester: Quarter-size hail.
- Lake City: Half Dollar to Quarter-size hailstones.
- Oakdale: Quarter-size hail.
Storms can create great damage to roofs and sidings, even small hailstones propelled in high wind can compromise roofing shingles. RestoreMasters highly advises getting a professional assessment of hail damage, after a severe storm such as this one in Minnesota. While building owners may not see big signs of damage, such as leaks in ceilings, there still may be damage, that would allow water to ooze into wood and between walls, which causes mold and mildew damage. Professionals not only can see things that the untrained eye cannot see, but they also know the best way to report insurance companies to ensure that the property owner receives the best coverage for repairs and restoration.
Tornadoes, hail, and even strong winds can cause severe wind damage to roofing systems. Older roofs are susceptible to severe wind damage, by winds as low as 50 mph. 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.
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