Emergency Roof Repair Underway After Tornadoes Rip Through Southeast Oklahoma on November 4, 2022
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Destructive tornadoes and fierce winds tore through Southeast Oklahoma on Friday, Nov. 4th, leaving a wake of roof wind damage. Emergency roof repair specialists were dispatched to the region to secure buildings, provide commercial roof inspection services for ailing property owners, and help fast-track insurance claims. Those impacted by the high winds are urged to call the RestoreMasters roof repair office in Ardmore, OK.
“A Quick Response Team (QRT) assessed the damage today of the tornado that tracked 58 miles from Red River County, TX to McCurtain County, OK on Nov. 4. This tornado is now preliminarily upgraded from an EF-3 to an EF-4 with estimated max winds of 170 mph.” the National Weather Service in Norman, OK, reportedly tweeted.
High winds, flying debris, and roof hail damage are often obvious after catastrophic weather hits. But the vacuum force of high-level tornadoes pulls on everything around it, leaving roof wind damage unnoticed until leaks occur months later. That’s why RestoreMasters urges commercial building owners in Southeast OK to request a complimentary roof inspection to ensure your claim is honored.
A local map of the tornado activity in Southeast Oklahoma shows gray swaths where the devastating high wind events tore through unsuspecting communities. Gray sections show high-wind incidents and the black lines are where tornadoes touched down, cutting paths of destruction across Southeast Oklahoma.
Images showing tornado activity and damage all throughout social media:
Tornadoes extended into Oklahoma and Arkansas as well as Texas yesterday, and the widespread damage is still being assessed. Field correspondent Brandon Clement documented this devastation in Idabel, OK.#severewx #OKwx #tornado pic.twitter.com/ap3Z6LNw0b— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) November 5, 2022
Terrible scenes of destruction from tornadoes. #Tornado #Texas #Oklahoma #Arkansas @weatherchannel Look for more updates at https://t.co/AcRNA2nfIk and the Weather Channel app. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook. pic.twitter.com/w8fUpCPBko— Heather Tesch (@HeatherTesch) November 5, 2022
The National Weather Service high wind, hailstorm, and tornado damage map for Friday, Nov. 4th, shows an intense storm cluster covering Northeast Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Southeast Oklahoma. Isolated storms are positioned over Missouri, Iowa, and Wisconsin. All told, there were 73 high wind incidents, 29 hailstorms, and 48 tornadoes recorded for the day. Local and national reports highlighted the devastation inflicted on Southeast Oklahoma.
- Calera: An EF-1 plowed through areas of Bryan County, snapping trees and hurling debris at buildings. Several mobile homes were badly damaged and an 18-wheeler was overturned on US 75.
- Gans: Winds exceeded 65 mph across Sequoyah County that snapped trees as heavy rain flooded roadways.
- Heavener: The Le Flore County community was heavily impacted by high winds and tornado activity. Trees were uprooted and a twisted tore a 6.5-mile path that caused widespread roof wind damage.
- Idabel: The McCurtain County community suffered among the worst property damage as an EF-4 destroyed residential and commercial buildings, downed power lines and yanked mature trees out by their roots.
- Pickens: An EF-2 reportedly touched down, based on a survey of the property damage.
- Preston: A barn was destroyed and high winds sent the lumber across a roadway in Okmulgee County.
- Sawyer: A powerful twister trekked across the Texas line into Choctaw County. Complete building restoration will be required for numerous structures as tornado and high winds ravaged neighborhoods and business districts.
- Spiro: High winds toppled trees and utility poles as roof shingles were torn.
Property owners sometimes believe they have been spared roof wind damage when a tornado misses their building. But high winds and the vacuum effect leave difficult-to-detect damage. That’s why a prompt commercial roof inspection is essential to identify and document the damage.
RestoreMasters conducted commercial roof inspections in Guymon, OK, to support insurance claims after hail and wind storms hit on June 7, 2022.
Severe storms, bringing hail, strong winds, or tornadoes can cause severe roof damage, by ripping off roofing systems. 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.
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