Emergency Roof Crews Alerted As Little Rock, Central Arkansas Pummeled By Hail & Tornadoes April 11, 2022
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Multiple tornados and hail pounded Little Rock and Central Arkansas on Monday, April 11th, leaving a wake of power outages, roof wind damage, and devastated property owners seeking emergency repairs. RestoreMasters alerted teams of commercial damage technicians to stand ready as community members reach out for emergency roof repairs.
The barrage of tornados and hailstorms drew national media attention as outlets issued critical alerts and covered the ensuing wreckage. At least four tornados cut through communities, and a funnel cloud threatened Little Rock Air Force Base while hailstones pounded buildings.
“A large, extremely dangerous, and potentially deadly tornado is on the ground," the National Weather Service reportedly tweeted at 8:34 p.m. CT. “To protect your life, TAKE COVER NOW!”
The University of Central Arkansas, located 30 miles north of Conway, was forced to cancel classes due to power outages and storm-driven flooding. Little Rock’s THV 11 News reported at least four EF1 tornados touching down. The local news organization indicated the first ripped Scranton in Logan County. A second high-wind twister was spotted near Mayflower in Faulkner County and traveled into Pulaski County. Other confirmed tornados brought property damage to Bloomer in Sebastian County and Charleston in Franklin County after traveling upwards of four miles each. THV 11 also reported, “there was plenty of damage due to the hails and strong winds.”
Local hail damage maps reveal multiple, fast-moving storm formations that pummeled communities as far east as Springs Village, north to the outskirts of Center Ridge, and as far west as Forest City. Yellow bands on the hail damage map system indicate ice balls approximately 1 inch in diameter, pelting numerous communities. Orange swaths point to ice as large as golf balls striking automobiles and causing roof damage in places that include Lonsdale, around Mayflower, Searcy, and northeast of Brinkley. But baseball-sized ice stones are highlighted in purple, and they battered Cabot.
Hailstones and tornadoes cause damage throughout the area, and storm reports by citizens cover social media.
3 MILE WIDE TORNADO SLAMS LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS | Another capital city is rocked by severe weather as Little Rock, AR is hit with 2 tornadoes in 2 hours! Live footage>>https://t.co/wc7jxcqf6G via YouTube #SevereWeather #Tornadoes pic.twitter.com/pRz0at0Mky— Book of Katherine (@bookofkatherine) April 12, 2022
The National Weather Service hail and tornado path maps show severe weather events moving from Southeast Oklahoma through Central Arkansas and trailing northeast across Jonesboro and the Tennessee border. Reports indicate the following areas sustained substantial damage.
- Beebe: Ice as large as a quarter pelted the region, with nearby Antioch experiencing hail as big as a half-dollar blanketing neighborhoods.
- Cabot: Among the largest ice stones jabbed automobiles and rooftops, leading to heavy losses.
- Conway: The Faulkner County community sustained multiple ice falls, with the largest exceeding the size of baseballs.
- Des Arc: Property owners in Prairie County saw 2-inch ice balls pelt the area, and roofs are likely compromised.
- Saline County: Widespread hail damage and high winds plagued property owners throughout the county. Bryant, Benton, Lonsdale, and Alexander were hit by ice 1 to 1.25 inches.
- Searcy: The White County community incurred three ice downpours with stones as large as ping pong balls, causing hail property damage.
- Mc Rae: Reports state that hail as large as tennis balls cracked roofing systems.
- Vilonia: Golf ball-sized ice covered the town with high winds adding to property and roof damage.
National Weather Service reports also identified damaged buildings in Faulkner County near Highway 89, I-40 around Mayflower, and a twister was sighted near the Cabot bowling alley. As inclement weather approaches, property owners are advised to contact commercial roof repair crews and make immediate repairs before rain degrades structural supports. RestoreMasters emergency roof repair technicians recently worked with New Braunfels, Texas, residents after hail and high winds damaged commercial building roofs.
Some roofing systems can be severely harmed by damage from heavy winds, tornadoes, or hail. Older roofs are susceptible to severe wind damage, by winds as low as 50 mph. The intensity of roof damage is determined by various factors: the velocity and impact of flying debris, the quality of the original installation, the building height and location in relation to other buildings, the angle and shape of the roof, and the material used on the roof.
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