Emergency Roof Repair Contractors Lend Support After Two Hail, Tornado Incidents Ravage Seminole, Oklahoma, on Monday, May 2, & Wednesday, May 4, 2022
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Seminole, Oklahoma, was ravaged by back-to-back severe weather storms as hail, high winds, and tornados tore roofs from residential and commercial buildings on Monday, May 2nd, and again Wednesday, May 4th. RestoreMasters dispatched multiple emergency roof repair teams to support property owners in the aftermath of these terrifying events.
Local news outlets spoke to the widespread damage as the multifaceted storm fronts trekked across Central Oklahoma. ABC affiliate KOKO 5 posted on-site photos and videos of twisters touching down and shredding roofs. One image shows a large commercial building laid almost bare, with only a fraction of the roofing remaining.
“If we go across the street to the left, Francisco will see another building that the roof is gone and partially, and it's partially collapsed, but that is that was completely demolished and completely flattened on the ground,” News crews reported from Seminole on May 4th, 2022. “Now the other building I'm talking about is right there, see how the roof is gone. All you see is the metal structure.”
“The Academy of Seminole confirmed the school building took a direct hit from the tornado. But everyone who was at the school was safe and accounted for,” a post by The Oklahoman indicated. “Still affected by a power outage from the previous tornado, the town of Seminole could not sound additional sirens to warn residents. Meteorologists urged people living outside the area to call friends and family in Seminole and warn them to take shelter again.”
To say the roof storm damage was widespread and devastating doesn’t do justice to the losses sustained in Seminole and the surrounding area. And while roof wind damage garnered much of the regional news coverage, multiple icefalls pummeled residential and business districts, inflicting significant hail damage to roofing systems.
Tornado and hail images and videos crowded local social media after two storms hit Seminole within two days:
People in Seminole, OK are cleaning up after a tornado struck last night.— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) May 3, 2022
How powerful was this tornado?
- A flying stick punctured a pool
- Large tree limbs snapped or became uprooted
- Metal siding got ripped off and flung into a tree #OKwx #tornado #storm pic.twitter.com/cxLIHDO8OP
We pulled over in Tecumseh, OK for safety as there was a #Tornado-warned storm ~10 miles ahead of us. This 2nd circulation went right over Seminole a short time ago!— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) May 5, 2022
On our way there....damage has been reported from an earlier tornado. pic.twitter.com/x58GgOheZH
The National Weather Service reports high wind, tornado, and hail damage map for the back-to-back storm fronts in clusters concentrated across Oklahoma and Arkansas on May 2nd. A storm damage map for May 4th shows dispersed severe weather across Texas, Oklahoma, and a cluster on the Eastern Seaboard. All told, 16 tornados, 93 high wind incidents, and 112 hail strike reports were fielded on those two days alone. Wide-reaching reports indicate following communities suffered extraordinary losses.
- Atoka: High winds blew windows out in retail outlets and commercial buildings.
- Atwood: Hughes County residents were pelted by ice the size of quarters.
- Checotah: Storm chasers reported gusts of more than 60 mph in McIntosh County.
- Chickasha: Baseball-sized hail caused widespread hail property damage.
- Henryetta: Hail up to 1-inch in diameter struck properties while high winds estimated at 60 mph ripped off sections of roofs.
- Holdenville: Wind roof damage reports indicated sections were severed from outbuildings.
- Norman: Winds exceeding 60 mph were reported across Cleveland County.
- Okemah: A tornado was sighted crossing I-40 by storm chasers in Okfuskee County.
- Seminole: Ice stones the size of grapefruits pummeled residential and commercial structures. A tornado ripped through the city at 8 pm on May 4th.
- Verden: Residents experienced relatively light hail that cracked shingles and glass.
Although May typically represents the peak season for tornados in Oklahoma, high wind events are expected to carry through June. Property owners are urged to contact a roof repair contractor and secure damage before heavy rains move into the region. RestoreMasters recently responded to hail and high-wind devastation in Concordia, Kansas, on April 29, 2022.
Severe storms, bringing hail, strong winds, or tornadoes can cause severe roof damage, by ripping off roofing systems. Older roofs are susceptible to severe wind damage, by winds as low as 50 mph. 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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