Emergency Roofers Arrive After Severe Damage Caused By Hail And High Winds In Concordia, Kansas, On April 29, 2022
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Friday afternoon and evening were chaotic for many residents in the central east area of Kansas. Heavy hail, high winds hit the Concordia area, with tornadoes close by. This outbreak was related to the Andover-Wichita storm that developed a havoc-creating tornado in communities south of Concordia. Rain, hail and winds pummeled the area. Hail ranged from pea size up to 2 inches in some areas. High winds snapped tree branches and stripped shingles off roofs. A house in Wabaunsee county was completely decimated, experts suspect tornadic activity, since tornadoes were spotted in the area. Power lines were snapped, and many citizens were without electricity until repairs could be made and electricity restored. RestoreMasters arrived to assist with emergency roof repair, providing shrink wrap or tarps to prevent water damage to home and commercial structures. They will continue on, working in the community to do assessments for insurance claims, assisting with reporting to insurance companies, as well as providing expert repair and restoration of damaged buildings and roofs.
A map of Concordia and the surrounding area indicates a portion of a much more widespread storm system. This portion of the storm pelted Concordia up to Calderhead with hail ranging up to 1.25” (yellow). But communities in and around Concordia got the largest hail from 1.25” (light orange) up to 2.5” (dark orange). Hail this size, propelled by high winds, can cause significant damage to roofs, gutter systems, and sidings, and cause not only cosmetic damage but structural damage, allowing water to seep in which can encourage mold growth and rot in attics, ceilings, and walls.
Many sightings of tornadic activity in the surrounding areas were posted on social media by trackers, citizens and news centers:
Gm!— Hunter Fowkes (@StrmchsrHunterF) April 30, 2022
Yesterdays Supercell near Herington, KS was one of the most beautiful supercells Ive seen in some time. So many lightning bolts as well as mothership-like structure after producing a tornado. What an incredible storm! Lost a tire trying to follow this one. Incredible! #kswx pic.twitter.com/wTQdCD66Mn
A couple of quick edits from the tornadic supercell near Herington, KS. LCL's just a tad too high. This storm was close to dropping a gorgeous tornado. Currently dropping south to check out storm east side of Wichita, then back to Tulsa for squall line after midnight.#kswx pic.twitter.com/g8nngC1M5R— Greg McLaughlin (@GregMc_wx) April 30, 2022
The National Weather Service storm reports for April 29, 2022, provide insight into the range of damage and extent of the storm in this area:
- Enterprise: Funnel cloud reported in Dickinson County.
- Chapman: Ping Pong ball-sized hail in Dickinson County.
- Abilene: Tornado spotted north of Carlton and quarter to half dollar-sized hail on the western side of Abilene city limits in Dickinson County.
- Herington: Two houses damaged, suspected tornado in Dickinson County.
- Troy: Tree limbs down, in Doniphan County.
- Lawrence: Three-inch diameter tree limbs snapped, wind speeds estimated at 60 mph, and power lines down in Douglas County.
- Mayetta: Utility poles snapped in half, tornado spotted on the ground in Jackson County.
- Beloit: Large live tree down in Mitchell County.
- Tipton: Dust storms were spotted when wind came through in Osborne County.
- Auburn: A large tree (several feet in diameter) was knocked over and crushed a car in Shawnee County.
- Eskridge: A house was destroyed, power poles damaged, suspected tornado in Wabaunsee County.
- Wamego: Power poles knocked down in Wabaunsee County
- Washington: Brief tornado touch down, just outside of town, three-inch tree limbs and utility poles broken in Washington County.
- Westwood Hills: Large tree down on a home in Wyandotte County.
RestoreMasters will be remaining in the area until everyone is back to pre-storm condition. With so much damage, and many buildings needing repairs, the owners may need a lot of help in communicating with insurance companies. RestoreMasters has experts who handle these details, so that home and business owners can get the best help. RestoreMasters also provides quality and expert reconstruction and repair services.
Strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage. Some older roofs can be damaged by winds as low as 50 miles per hour. 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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