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.

Strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage. Older roofs are susceptible to severe wind damage, by winds as low as 50 mph. Several factors will determine the severity of roof damage: the height of the building and proximity to nearby structures, the quality of work by the original installers, the shape and angle of the roof, the age and type of roofing materials, and the impact from debris.

After a severe storm of hail or high winds, it is important to get your roof inspected, and have a property damage assessment report so that you can learn whether you have damage to your roofing system. 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.
Get your roof inspected, even if you think there is no problem, especially if your property falls anywhere within the area of the hail and wind damage map. Some storm damage problems do not produce symptoms right away. And insurance companies sometimes enforce deadlines for claims, so you need to get your claim filed quickly.
Commercial property owners can rest assured that emergency response crews are available to assist with window, siding and roof damage, frozen pipe damage as well as turnkey restoration services.
We serve the following types of property owners with hail or wind damage to tile roofing: hospitals and clinics, schools, universities, institutions, churches, condos, hotels, resorts, retail properties, warehouses, mult-family, historical properties, industrial properties and residential properties.
If your building has sustained harm from fallen trees, collapsed roof or any other damage related to hail, tornado or wind storms, call us today.
Wind Damage to RoofWe 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 mitigation, 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.
If you need storm damage repair, contact RestoreMasters.
Our team, comprised of large loss claims experts works directly with your insurance company to help get your business back into operation again as soon as possible. A turnkey restoration contractor, we can help you with all phases of restoration from emergency response services to total build 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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