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:
@emilyrsutton Looking north at the Seminole county storm. We’re just north of Ada watching it. pic.twitter.com/WvWv27UgIO— Talina (@SweetTeaker) May 3, 2022
Now will come all of the stories about storm damages.— Andrea Cole (@AndreaCole74880) May 3, 2022
Uprooted tree lands on Seminole man’s homehttps://t.co/wIDDt0L0yC
Courtesy of last night's #Tornado, these two-story townhouses are now one story in Seminole, OK.— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) May 5, 2022
Great effort @NWSNorman in getting out the warnings so people could take action: no fatalities/injuries in the area!#severewx#storm pic.twitter.com/xfGh3QCSxx
A look at some of the storm damage in Seminole. More: https://t.co/dNZosCXPL1— NewsChannel 8 | KTUL (@KTULNews) May 5, 2022
Video from @JamisonTVNews of @OKCFOX. pic.twitter.com/sfQmdkHF40
This picture was taken by my Friend's Wife between Wewoka and Holdenville and was part of that Storm that went through Seminole in Oklahoma! pic.twitter.com/WglLRPCKYj— Timmy Gibbs (@Timmy_Gibbs73) May 3, 2022
Seminole storm showing strong rotation, confirmed power flashes. pic.twitter.com/iHqRDeNUeX— tornado lover (@tornadicwonder) May 4, 2022
Storm and tornado damage photos from Seminole, OK yesterday.— Mark Walter (@MarkGWalter) May 5, 2022
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Widespread destruction after tornado in Seminole, Oklahoma #seminole #oklahoma #tornado #destruction #weather #storm #KameraOne pic.twitter.com/WAIlgan3Zh— KameraOne (@kamera_one) May 5, 2022
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
@KATVJames No tornadoes today but we did get on 4 tornado warned storms and saw 2 funnels. Chased a tornado warned storm thru the town of Seminole and crossed the damage path just south of town. pic.twitter.com/CoyTFcrZe8— Scott Hollinger 🚒👨🚒🏈🏀⚾️🦌🎸 (@ScottHollinger1) May 3, 2022
Aftermath-— Chaudhary Parvez (@ChaudharyParvez) May 5, 2022
Classrooms tore wide open from #tornado in #Seminole, OK! #okwx #SeminoleOK #oklahoma #tornado #storm #damages #Weather #Aftermath pic.twitter.com/78OsSCuiSJ
Gov. Kevin Stitt to tour Seminole storm damage https://t.co/bCmc0KTEdS— 2 News Oklahoma (@KJRH2HD) May 5, 2022
And to end it all, the most intense lightning show I’ve ever seen from the Second Tornado Warned storm that went north of Seminole, Oklahoma. pic.twitter.com/XlJEDxuv4i— Evan/ActOrDie (@EvanFor2020) May 5, 2022
video from Seminole, Oklahoma. Shows the destructive power of a tornado. USA #storm #hurricane #weather #Climat #tornado pic.twitter.com/sUyqSrm1tF— NEWS/INCIDENTS (@Brave_spirit81) May 5, 2022
A few photos from this evening's chase around the Seminole area over to Okemah. Tracked at least 2, possibly 3 or more tornadoes with this storm.#okwx @jamesaydelott @FOX23 @NWSNorman @NWStulsa pic.twitter.com/gwWGg3rpeS— Greg McLaughlin (@GregMc_wx) May 5, 2022
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. 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.
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