Emergency Roof Repair Contractors Lend Support After Two Hail, Tornado Incidents Ravage Seminole, Oklahoma, on Monday, May 2, & Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Commercial Roofing & Restoration
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.
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.
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.
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 are a problem, they need to be addressed immediately. Experienced roofing contractors can either cover the affected area (or the entire roof) with a tarp or with a durable shrink wrap plastic membrane until long-term repairs can be made. Preventing water intrusion will help stop mold from growing.
Rather than believing your roof is not damaged, if your property is anywhere in the area of the storm damage map, then you will want to get your roof inspected.
Some storm damage symptoms take time to appear.
And insurance companies sometimes enforce deadlines for claims, so you need to get your claim filed quickly.
We provide services to clients of all types, with hail or wind damage to tile roofing, such as: hospitals, medical facilities, churches, schools, colleges & universities, museums, condos, hotels, warehouses, resorts, retail properties, historical properties, industrial properties, and residential properties.
If your building recently sustained damage due to wind, hail, falling trees, collapsed roof, or other storm-related issues, give us a call today.
We 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.
Contact RestoreMasters if you need help fixing storm damage.
As one of the nation's leading large loss claims experts, our team of independent adjusters works directly with your insurance company to help expedite the process and get your facility back to full operation in no time.
As a turnkey restoration contractor, we step in at the beginning with emergency response services and will stay with you throughout the entire process till your property is built back.
The RestoreMasters team of professionals includes: public adjusters, insurance claims experts, large loss attorneys, roofing and building engineers, interior restoration crews, and many more professionals specializing in insurance restoration for storm damage.
We do repair, replacement and restoration services on the following roofing systems: TPO roofing, metal roofing, tile roofing for hail damage, slate roofing, asphalt shingle roofing from hurricane damage, EPDM roofing, roof coatings, torch down roofing, BUR roofing, SBS-modified roofing repair, PVC roofing.
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