Emergency Roof Repairs After Tornado & Heavy Wind Hit Southeast Louisville, Kentucky on April 13, 2022

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Apr 14, 2022

According to Weather.gov, six tornadoes spawned from a huge swath of high winds and thunderstorms covering a large area southeast of Louisville, Kentucky, overnight Wednesday, April 13, 2022, along with Derechos (straight-line winds) from heavy thunderstorms. RestoreMasters sent crews to provide emergency roof repair and property reconstruction, after shingle damage, roofing damage, and destruction to residential and commercial buildings. They will assist with everything from assessment and providing emergency temporary roofing solutions, to intervening with insurance companies, and full reconstruction and restoration.

There are countless reports of trees down or branches broken, interspersed with reports of roofs peeled off buildings, garages destroyed, barns damaged, outbuildings decimated, parts of homes blown down, construction material blown out of houses, and a trampoline left hanging on power lines. The lower speed winds were in the range of 60 to 82 mph, which can cause significant damage.

Additional reports say a Ford Ranger in Glenmary, KY, parked in a driveway was picked up and slid 11 yards away and left surrounded by house insulation on three sides. One home was in direct contact with 85-90 mph tornadic wind, which got into the house through the attached garage, causing massive structural damage to the roofing, with roof decking and insulation thrown into the trees. The owners of the house reported intense ear pressure when the tornado blew through and around the house. Another tornado, along with straight-line winds did damage throughout South Central Shelby County, strangely leaving some structures unscathed, while decimating others. One of the EF-1 tornadoes straddled Highway 60 twisting and snapping utility poles along its way.

The tornadoes were accompanied by hail over Home Valley and Radcliff of Hardin County. Reports came in of quarter to baseball-sized stones. Damage was inflicted on cars, residential windows, and roofing systems throughout the area. Wind and tornado path maps indicate the widest span of damage was from high winds and tornado activity. Large gray areas on the weather map show areas hit with 58-73 mph wind speeds, dark gray areas indicate wind speeds of 74-95 mpg, while tornado paths are shown as black slivers.

Louisville, Kentucky Tornado Wind Hail Storm Map April 13, 2022

Tornadoes, highly gusty winds, and hailstones are the subject of storm reports from local citizens throughout social media.

The National Weather Service received over 450 reports of wind, hail, and tornado damage from the following towns and cities throughout the Louisville area:

  • Upton: Peak winds of 100 mph from an EF-1 tornado, hardwood trees snapped, a barn completely destroyed with debris scattered up to half a mile northeast, caused damage to a house, and a greenhouse, damaging shingles and fascia of a couple of homes. Accompanied larger areas of straight-line wind which also did significant damage in Larue County
  • Buffalo: EF-0 in south-central Larue, damaged a metal roof of an outbuilding, caused some roof damage to a home, snaped pine trees, felled hardwood trees, caused softwood tree damage, and lifted up a carport and destroyed it. Farm Market lost part of its roof, and several greenhouses damaged in Larue County.
  • Water Valley: Damage to outbuildings and trees, in Hickman County.
  • Mayfield: Billboards damaged/destroyed, roofing damage to metal barns, carport was flipped and tree damage, in Graves County
  • Benton: Roof blown off outbuilding, shingle damage to a house, siding damage to a home, porch roof decking lifted, chicken coop crushed by part of a barn roof, and tree damage, in Marshall County.
  • Howe Valley: Quarter-size hail reported, roof and window damage in Hardin County.
  • Radcliff: Baseball-size hail reported causing EMS driver to pull over in Hardin County.
  • Gracey: Roof peeled back on mobile home in Christian County.
  • Wingo: Barn damaged, electric lines down, power poles destroyed, due to high wind damage, in Graves County.
  • Wax: Outbuildings destroyed by high winds, in Hart County.
  • Highview: Fencing and siding on buildings and homes damaged, trees down from high winds, in Jefferson County.
  • Raywick: Part roof damage to outbuildings and full roof damage to a home due to high winds, in Marion County.
  • Gravel: Trampoline on power lines in Marion County.
  • Benton: Tree down on house, power lines down, roof torn off house, in Marshall County.
  • Central City: Shingles blown of buildings from high winds, in Muhlenberg County.
  • Corinth: Part of a house blown by high winds, into Owen Road, in Owen County.
  • Shelbyville: A tree blown onto a house, in Shelby County.
  • Waterford: A tree blown onto a building and part of a roof destroyed, in Spencer County.

These tornadoes, heavy winds, and hail storms left the citizens of the southeast area of Louisville reeling and in great need of assistance, in many areas of clean up, restoring, and rebuilding. Fortunately, there were no known fatalities in this storm, unlike the storms that plagued Kentucky on December 10, 2021, RestoreMasters crews have been actively involved in restoring roofing systems and aiding business and homeowners with reconstruction and restoration of roofing systems, building siding, and window and door damage.

Severe storms, bringing hail, strong winds, or tornadoes can cause severe roof damage, by ripping off roofing systems. Winds as low as 50 mph can cause some older roofs to be damaged. 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.

It's important to get a thorough roof inspection & property damage assessment following severe weather like this so that you can determine whether you have roof damage from hail or high winds. 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.
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. Many storm damage symptoms are not always evident immediately. And insurance companies sometimes enforce deadlines for claims, so you need to get your claim filed quickly.
Emergency response crews are available to provide property owners with assistance in turnkey restoration services, as well as assistance with frozen pipe damage, window damage, siding damage, and roof damage.
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.
Give us a call today, if the building on your property recently was damaged from wind, fallen trees, hail, collapsed roof or any other storm-related damage.
Shrink Wrap RoofingRestoreMasters is a hail damage roofing and restoration contractor and provides storm damage restoration services including: commercial and industrial roofing, emergency roof repair, tarping & shrink wrap roofing, tile roof repair, water removal, burst pipe repair, water damage restoration, fire damage cleanup & fire damage restoration, debris cleanup, disaster response, tornado damage roofing & restoration, hurricane damage roofing & restoration, mold remediation, interior restoration and construction services to rebuild your property.
Contact RestoreMasters if you need help fixing storm damage.
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Our team of professionals includes: insurance claims experts, public adjusters, building engineers, roofing engineers, interior construction experts, large loss attorneys and other professionals specialized in storm damage insurance restoration projects.
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