Emergency Restoration Contractors Assist Communities After Severe Hail Storm On May 9, 2022, In Western Minnesota
Commercial Roofing & Restoration
The week started off with two large storms that blew through Minnesota on Monday, May 9. Fallen trees, sheared off branches, downed power lines, and debris mixed with hail and torrential rains to leave a huge swath of mayhem in the western area. This was the same storm that caused havoc in the St. Paul area. In particular, according to Fox9, one couple had a tree fall on their house, while they were in their basement with their 5 dogs. The tree split their house in half. This was from straight-line winds, also known as derechos, which can be as damaging as tornadoes. Schools could not open due to power outages, and trees blocked roadways. There were flash floods in roadways, and homes and commercial buildings were taking in water and even a very brief tornado. RestoreMaster says that hail can be very damaging on its own, but propelled by high winds, it can be devastating to a roof. They ask that building owners take great care in promptly and accurately reporting damage to insurance companies, in order to receive what is needed to repair and restore. They also urge home and building owners to deal with any water that has entered their homes or businesses, as promptly as safety permits, in order to avoid complications from standing water.
These storms started early Monday morning, moving east and northeast across the state, into mid-morning. According to a hail map of the area, large hail dropped from western Yellow Medicine to Pine and Chisago counties, Montevideo and Fergus Falls received hail up to 2 inches in diameter (dark orange), and areas further into the middle of the storm, such as Clarkfield, Boyd and Blomkest, received hail up to the size of tennis balls and baseball (purple). The outskirts of the large hail areas found hail up to about 1” – 1.25” (yellow).
Residents of the affected areas, and weather experts shared images of the storm and hail on social media:
Monster Ice Balls from the sky this morning in Clarkfield MN, North of Marshall!— Hutch Johnson (@HutchVNL) May 9, 2022
😟😱😲#Hail #headachehail #thatllleaveamark
Special thanks for the kiddo picture to Merci Hamilton
And the hand held photo is by Bailey Hamilton
~ @HutchVNL #vnlfristalert@NWSTwinCities pic.twitter.com/wYqnClB1FS
From the NOAA National Weather Services storm and damage report, clearly high winds were a problem, causing trees and branches to drop and power poles to snap. Many incidents of hail were also reported.
- Gilman: Brief tornado on the ground.
- Cloquet: 5 minutes of hail which covered the ground.
- Benedict: Quarter size hail.
- Montevideo: Golf ball-size hail.
- Inger: Several 12 – 14 inch diameter pine trees snapped at the trunk in Chippewa National Forest.
- Willmar: Quarter-size hail.
- Boyd: Ground was completely covered with hail.
- Leonidas: 8” diameter poplar tree down on power line.
Hail with high winds and heavy rains with floods can cause untold damage to buildings. RestoreMasters has many years of experience in damage remediation, emergency repair, and final restorations. They will work with property owners' insurance companies to get the best coverage to bring properties back to pre-storm condition.
Severe storms, bringing hail, strong winds, or tornadoes can cause severe roof damage, by ripping off roofing systems. 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.
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