Emergency Restoration Contractors Assist Communities After Severe Hail Storm On May 9, 2022, In Western Minnesota

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May 10, 2022

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).

Hail Map, Western Minnesota, May 9, 2022

Residents of the affected areas, and weather experts shared images of the storm and hail on social media:

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.

Strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage.

Winds as low as 50 mph can cause some older roofs to be damaged.

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.

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.

If your property was anywhere within the storm damage map, it would be best to get your roof inspected, even if you think your roof was not damaged.

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.

Emergency response crews are available to provide property owners with assistance in turnkey restoration services, as well as assistance with frozen pipe damage, window damage, siding damage, and roof damage.

The types of clients that consistently rely on RestoreMasters to assist them with hail or wind damage to tile roofing includes: all commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, churches, condos, apartments, hotels, resorts, restaurants, dealerships, retail properties, historical homes & buildings, warehouses and industrial properties.

Call us today, if your building or roofing system has seen damage from fallen trees or collapsed roof or any other damage from hail, tornadoes or wind storms.

Wind Damage to RoofWe are a disaster restoration contractor providing damage restoration from hail, tornadoes, fire and flood. RestoreMasters responds to disaster emergencies by repairing roofing systems of commercial and residential buildings, starting with temporary solutions using tarp or shrink wrap to prevent leaks, until more permanent solutions are decided upon. We also assist with debris cleanup, water removal, burst pipe damage repair, water damage building restoration, tornado damage roofing & restoration, hurricane damage roofing & restoration, mold remediation, interior restoration and reconstruction, and many other services to rebuild your damaged property. We also provide fire & smoke damage restoration.

If you need storm damage repair, contact RestoreMasters.

As large loss claims experts, our team works directly with your insurance company to get your facility back on its feet.

We are a turnkey restoration contractor providing help with all phases of restoration from emergency cleanup services to complete build back of your property.

Our team of professionals includes: insurance claims experts, public adjusters, building engineers, roofing engineers, interior construction experts, large loss attorneys and other professionals specialized in storm damage insurance restoration projects.

We provide the following roofing services: TPO roofing repair, metal roofing replacement, tile roofing hail & wind damge repair, slate roofing replacement, asphalt shingle roofing repair from tornado damage, EPDM roofing restoration, roof coatings, torch down roofing, BUR roofing replacement, SBS-modified roofing repair, PVC roofing restoration.

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