Emergency Roof Repair Critical As Eastern South Dakota, Western Minnesota Recover From Deadly Tornado Damage on Thursday, May 12, 2022

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May 13, 2022

Hurricane-force winds and tornados ripped through Eastern South Dakota and Western Minnesota on Thursday, May 12th, leaving a wake of property damage and tragic human losses. RestoreMasters placed every available commercial roofing & restoration contractor on standby as residents assess tornado property damage.

“We have had many storms before, but the number of communities that have been affected, we just haven’t seen before,” South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem reportedly said.

More than 110,000 power outages were reported across Eastern South Dakota and Western Minnesota by 9 pm on May 12, 2022, with emergency utility crews cutting that figure to 68,000 overnight. Tractor-trailers were flipped on their sides, roofs were torn off, and farm structures sustained heavy damage. At least three people lost their lives due to high-wind tragedies.

A local tornado path map shows a massive high wind and tornado front stretching from northeast Nebraska, through Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as far as the North Dakota border and above St.  Paul, Minnesota. Light gray areas on the map show high wind incidents, and darker sections indicate greater intensity and potential tornadoes.

Wind Map, East South Dakota & West Minnesota, May 12, 2022

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The National Weather Service high wind, hail, and tornado damage map shows a dense cluster of storms concentrated in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota, with scattered fronts across the country on Thursday, May 12th. All told, 18 tornados, 108 hailstorms, and 424 extreme wind events inflicted wind damage to roofing systems. Wide-reaching sources reported the following Eastern South Dakota and Western Minnesota communities suffered among the worst losses.

  • Arlington: Silo roofs were ripped off and downtown roofs were peeled apart.
  • Big Stone City: At least one roof was completely severed from a building.
  • Brookings: Trees were downed, and multiple vehicles overturned.
  • Canistota: A 1,480-foot tower erected in 1976 was smashed by high winds.
  • Clear Lake: A pole barn roof was reportedly destroyed with debris scattered by extreme wind gusts.
  • Day County: Roof panels were lifted from commercial buildings, and shingles were torn from homes. Webster experienced winds above 70 mph.
  • Elk Point: Winds topped 60 mph in the small town, with Union County experiencing gusts as high as 80 mph.
  • Estelline: Multiple buildings incurred roof wind damage, including a dairy barn.
  • Dell Rapids: Trees were downed, and high school outbuildings were damaged.
  • Gary: A semi-truck was overturned, outbuildings leveled, and businesses sustained significant wind roof damage.
  • Hartford: The roof was reportedly torn off the Coffee Cup Fuel Truck Stop.
  • Hetland: A barn was leveled and debris was sent flying across Highway 14.
  • Jefferson: Multiple tractor-trailers flipped between Elk Point and Jefferson.
  • Madison: Lac Qui Parle County sustained winds as fierce as 94 mph, according to data from the Madison Airport.
  • Long Prairie: Widespread trees were down, property damaged, and a missing shed was reported.  
  • North Sioux City: Winds reached 79 mph, downing powerlines and snapping trees.
  • Roberts County: Campers were toppled, and the Sisseton Municipal Airport suffered wind property damage. Communities such as Corona and Summit endured hurricane-force winds of 84 mph in some areas. Trees were torn out by their roots in Ortley.
  • Richmond Lake: A boat dock in excess of 1,000 pounds was lifted into the air and thrown 80 feet.
  • Sandy Shore State Park: Nearly a dozen utility poles were snapped or leaning dangerously on U.S. Highway 212.
  • South Shore: Extreme wind gusts blew in doors and tore roof shingles from residential and commercial structures.
  • Watertown: Codington County saw trees limbs snap, shingles blown off roofs, and powerlines were downed by trees near the Watertown Airport.
  • Wheaton: A roof was reportedly blown off a Traverse County building.
  • Wilkin County: Minnesota law enforcement indicated larges trees were downed across the Breckenridge, Rothsay, and Campbell.

In Western Minnesota, two tornados cut paths through Traverse County. One touched down 11 miles east of Wheaton and another 6 miles east of Dumont. Both blazed a trail northeast, inflicting heavy roof wind damage. A waterspout formed at West Mason Lake in Otter Tail County.

In Eastern South Dakota, tornadoes plagued New Effington, Webster, Tunerville, Rauville, Gary, and Castlewood. Hutchinson County took the brunt of the highest-recorded winds at 107 mph, with Lake Cochrane also breaking the 100-mph threshold. RestoreMasters recently implemented roof repair and commercial building tornado cleanup after back-to-back tornadoes ravaged Seminole, Oklahoma, on Monday, May 2, & Wednesday, May 4, 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. 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.

Following severe weather like this, it's important to get a thorough roof inspection & property damage assessment to determine whether or not you have roof damage from hail or wind. 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.
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. Many storm damage symptoms are not always evident immediately. And insurance company deadlines could hinder your ability to file a claim later.
Emergency response crews are available to assist commercial property owners with roof damage, frozen pipe damage, siding and window damage, and turnkey restoration services.
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.
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.
Lighthouse Tabernacle - Sulphur, LARestoreMasters is a disaster restoration contractor, providing storm damage restoration from hail, tornadoes, fire and flood, responding to emergencies in disaster situations, by aiding with repair of commercial and industrial roofing, tile roofs, providing temporary solutions to cover damaged roofs with tarp or shrink wrap. We also provide clean up of storm debris, water damage cleanup, frozen pipe burst cleanup, restoration after water damage, mold remediation, tornado damage roofing & restoration, hurricane damage roofing & restoration, interior restoration and construction and much more. We also provide fire damage cleanup & restoration.
Contact RestoreMasters if you need assistance with storm damage repair.
Our team of large loss insurance claim experts works directly with your insurance company to get your facility back to pre-storm condition. We provide all aspects of building restoration, from emergency response services and cleanup to total build back of your facility.
RestoreMasters provides a large team of professionals working on your behalf, including: insurance claims experts, large loss attorneys, public adjusters, roofing and building engineers, interior construction experts, and other professionals with a specialty in storm and disaster damage insurance restoration.
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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