Emergency Roof Repair Underway After Amarillo, Texas Panhandle Suffer Devastating High Wind & Hail Damage on Sunday, May 1, 2022
Commercial Roofing & Restoration
High winds and ice the size of baseballs left a wake of property damage in Amarillo and across the Texas Panhandle on Sunday, May 1st. RestoreMasters issued an alert to every available roofing contractor to lend support as property owners require immediate roof leak repair before another storm rolls through the region.
According to ABC 7 News, multiple reports of baseball-sized ice stones caused widespread hail property damage to rooftops, siding, and automobile windshields. Although the highest intensity segments of the hail and windstorms narrowly missed downtown Amarillo, the surrounding area took devastation from both high winds and large ice strikes.
“A semi was also blown over along I-40 where winds gusted between 70-86 mph. A wind gust of 86 mph was observed by a west Texas mesonet site 15 miles NW of downtown Amarillo as this storm moved through Bishop Hills where additional baseball size hail was reported,” ABC 7 News reported. “Several reports of baseball size hail were noted in Hereford, Texas, which caused widespread damage in town. Winds and siding on homes were destroyed by those wind-driven hailstones, and there were several power lines blown over as well.”
A local hailstorm damage map shows multiple hailstorms overlapping each other and battering communities. The yellow sections highlight ice up to 1.25 inches in diameter, pelting places such as south Dalhart along Highway 87 and Washburn to the east of Amarillo. The orange bands indicate hail upwards of 1.75 inches around, with the darker orange showing ice as large as 2.5 inches striking residential and commercial roofs. But the purple clusters indicate hail larger than baseballs hammered neighborhoods and business centers outside Amarillo, inflicting the worst hail property damage on Sunday, May 1st, and overnight into Monday morning.
Citizens, storm chasers and news outlets provide images and videos via social media:
LAKE MEREDITH SKYCAM 6:10 PM CDT— Corbin Voges WX (@CorbinVogesWX) May 1, 2022
Here is a look at that severe warned storm barreling down on Dumas, Texas. 2" hail and 60 MPH winds likely with this storm. There is a lot of rotation in this storm as well.#txwx #okwx #nmwx #phwx #spwx @StormSearch7 @ABC7Amarillo pic.twitter.com/JvZy9P4nk3
From hail to rainbows ... While severe storms can cause destruction, sometimes there's a beautiful scene at the end of it all. Take a look at the rainbow at the end of this footage, after some large hail dropped over parts of west Texas. #TXwx #hail #rainbow #storm pic.twitter.com/KtksAnGrUw— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) May 2, 2022
Picture from the ultimate meteorologist Ron Moore who is also a minister and a storm chaser extraordinaire. Baseball size hail in West Texas. Of course it was not the size of canned hams as the infamous Dave letterman once said in Indianapolis but it will do pic.twitter.com/uIKizw2eVB— Joe Bastardi (@BigJoeBastardi) May 2, 2022
FORT STOCKTON, TX TORNADO: Severe storms spawned tornadoes and dropped hail over West Texas on Sunday.— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) May 2, 2022
We're tracking the severe threats as they move across the southern Plains today. Stream WeatherNation for the latest!#TXwx #tornado #severe #storm
Video credit: @loganen3 pic.twitter.com/xlKfpSWC5b
The National Weather Service tornado, high wind, and hailstorm damage map shows severe weather events across the Texas Panhandle, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, and a smaller cluster of East Coast storms centered in North Carolina. The national reporting center confirmed four tornados, 60 high wind incidents, and 138 hail sightings on Sunday, May 1st, 2022. The greater Amarillo area sustained among the worst high wind and hail damage to roofing systems including the following.
- Amarillo: Wide-reaching areas were severely affected by hail as upwards of 10 icefall incidents pounded Potter County Sunday evening and into Monday. Ice larger than baseballs battered commercial rooftops and shattered exposed windshields.
- Deaf Smith County: Residential and commercial buildings sustained hard impacts in Adrian, Broadview, and Hereford. The largest reported ice was 2.5 inches in diameter, and it punched holes in structures. Hereford reportedly suffered extreme winds that tore siding and roof sections apart.
- Dumas: Moore County property owners suffered hits from ice the size of golf balls around midnight, carrying into Monday morning.
- Sanford: Hail blanketed the small town east of the Canadian River.
- Stinnett: Ice stones as large as golf balls pelted the Hutchinson County community, causing substantial hail roof damage after 8 pm. Torrential rains resulted in temporary flooding.
The Texas Panhandle can expect another wave of heavy rain that could exacerbate commercial property damage. Building owners are urged to make prompt roof leak repair efforts to avoid further losses. RestoreMasters recently called on emergency roofing specialists to aid property owners in Central Oklahoma after hail and high winds damaged roofs on Saturday, April 23, 2022.
Tornadoes, hail, and even strong winds can cause severe wind damage to roofing systems. Some older roofs can be damaged by winds as low as 50 miles per hour. 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.
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