Emergency Roof Repair Needed as Lovington, NM & Denver City, TX, Suffer Damage From Baseball-Sized Hail Strikes on Sunday, May 1, 2022

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May 2, 2022

Tornado and large hailstorm warnings for New Mexico-Texas border towns were issued Sunday, May 1st, and Lovington and Denver City sustained roof storm damage. RestoreMasters dispatched commercial roof repair crews as the fast-moving storms passed, and property owners raised concerns about immediate roof leak repair needs.

News outlets such as local NBC affiliate KCBD 11 alerted residents that a “severe thunderstorm watch” was in effect until 11 pm across the South Plains, and all indications pointed to an isolated tornado touching down, and near-certainty large hailstones would pound New Mexico cities and towns including Hobbs, Seminole, Lamesa, Gail, and Snyder, among others. Gusts were expected to reach 60-70 mph, and widespread roof wind damage was anticipated. Meteorologists may have underappreciated the volatility of at least four hailstorm fronts.

A local hailstorm damage map shows four powerful hailstorms inflicting heavy damage as they cross the border around Lovington, NM, and Denver City, Texas. The yellow colorations on the hail property damage map indicate ice as large as 1.25 inches pelting eastern Lovington, NM, as well as Wellman and Snyder, Texas. The orange swaths show hail up to 2.5 inches striking communities such as Denver City and Hermleigh, Texas. But the dark purple marks at the center of three of the four hailstorm events point to hail as large as baseballs smashing rooftops.

Hail Map, New Mexico & Texas, May 1, 2022

Images and videos of storm clouds, hail, and tornado activity fill local social media:

A National Weather Service tornado, high wind, and hail damage map show a major storm cluster across eastern New Mexico and West Texas, with scattered severe weather events in Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, and a smaller group of East Coast storms centered in North Carolina. All told, the national reporting center confirmed four tornados, 60 high wind incidents, and 138 hail sightings on Sunday, May 1st. The damage inflicted on the following cities and towns call for emergency roofing specialists to make repairs before heavy rains push water through cracks in affected roofs.

  • Ackerly: Golf ball-sized hail blanketed the area just after 7 pm on Sunday, May 1st.
  • Denver City: Widespread hail damage to roofing systems occurred as three separate ice stone incidents pummeled properties. Hail ranging from the size of a hen egg to baseballs will likely require immediate roof leak damage repairs.
  • Hermleigh: An EF-2 level tornado reportedly touched down in Scurry County near County Roads 4111 and 4116, snapping trees, and utility poles, causing roof wind damage.
  • Hobbs: The Lea County, New Mexico, community saw ice the size of ping pong ball crack roof shingles and damaged automobiles.
  • Lovington: The Lea County Seat sustained three consecutive icefalls between 4:16 and 4:52 pm. The least impactful hits were from quarter-sized hail to the east. The worst roof hail damage focused on the center of town, with ice the size of baseballs striking Main Street.
  • Seagraves: Gaines County property owners experienced strikes from ice the size of ping pong balls.
  • Tarzan: Martin County property owners suffered losses as hail as large as tennis balls hammered rooftops.

Severe weather such as hailstorms and high wind events peak during late spring and persist through the hot summer months in areas of New Mexico and Texas. Wind and hail roof damage cause cracks and tears that allow water to infiltrate commercial buildings. Moisture and warm conditions allow hazardous mold growths to flourish and endanger everyday people. RestoreMasters recently responded to similar wind and hailstorm damage across Central Arkansas on Saturday, April 23, 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.
Even if you don't think your roof was damaged, you will want to get your roof inspected if your property falls anywhere within the hail damage map. Some storm damage symptoms take time to appear. And insurance company deadlines could hinder your ability to file a claim later.
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 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 has sustained harm from fallen trees, collapsed roof or any other damage related to hail, tornado or wind storms, call us today.
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.
If you need help recovering from storm damage, contact RestoreMasters.
Our team of large loss insurance claim experts works directly with your insurance company to get your facility back to pre-storm condition. We are a turnkey restoration contractor providing help with all phases of restoration from emergency cleanup services to complete build back of your property.
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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