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