Emergency Roofing Crews Respond to Hail Damage Across Okmulgee, Muskogee & Tahlequah, OK on Friday, April 15, 2022
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Okmulgee, Muskogee, Tahlequah, and other communities sustained heavy hail damage on Friday, April 15th, 2022, as storm fronts swept Eastern Oklahoma. RestoreMasters placed emergency roofing crews on alert to respond and affect roof leak repair before rain drenches commercial buildings.
The hail damage to roofing systems appears substantial and widespread as multiple fronts struck residential and commercial areas. The Sooner state typically experiences persistent hail deep into May, and tornado winds are common through June. This year has been no different as the recent severe weather event stretched across Eastern Oklahoma counties.
A local hailstorm damage map shows formations as far west as Stroud and east across the Arkansas border, where Fort Smith took icefall. The Broken Arrow outskirts of Tulsa experienced a pelting as hail reached as far south as the Arkansas River below Sallisaw. The yellow areas shown on the hail property damage map highlight regions blunted by ice as large as 1.25 inches that doused areas such as Fort Gibson, Wainwright, Roland, Coweta, and Lake Eufaula State Park, among others. The orange swaths show cities and towns such as Muskogee and Tahlequah taking direct hits from ice stones as large as 2.5 inches in diameter, causing hail damage on roofs and automobiles as it spread across neighborhoods and business districts.
Images and videos of hail storm and large stones posted to social media.
The National Weather Service severe weather map shows storms moving across Eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Alabama on Friday, April 15th. The national reporting services accounted for seven tornados, 16 high wind damage incidents, and 55 hailstorms that require residential or commercial roof repair within a 24-hour period. In Eastern Oklahoma, the following areas suffered hail property damage.
- Creek County: Towns sustained damage from outlying hail fronts in Bristow and Depew.
- Council Hill: The town sustained icefall as large as hen eggs.
- Morris: Neighborhoods were spared from some of the largest ice as only 1-inch hail blanketed the area.
- Okmulgee: The county seat sustained significant roof storm damage as ice the size of limes pounded buildings during the morning.
- Porum: Ice the size of a quarter hit the Muskogee County community around noon.
- Preston: At least three hailstone falls occurred across the unincorporated Okmulgee County community after dark. Golf ball-sized ice struck between 9 and 10 pm.
- Rentiesville: McIntosh County experienced multiple hail events, ranging from 1-inch ice stones to some as large as hen eggs. The speed and density of such hailstones cause roof shingles to crack.
Oklahomans are no strangers to severe wind, tornados, and intense hailstorms. According to a Weather Underground report, “The U.S. Weather Bureau’s Climatological Data by Sections Vol. 22, Part 2 (April-June 1935) mentions a hailstorm producing 8-inch-diameter hailstones near Ponca City, Oklahoma, on April 17, 1935.” That equals among the largest ice stones to hit American cities and towns.
Property owners are urged to contact commercial roof repair professionals to close any cracks and cure any potential roof leaks before moisture negatively impacts the building’s structural integrity. RestoreMasters recently responded to Central Mississippi after high winds damaged buildings on April 13, 2022.
Strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage. Winds as low as 50 mph can cause some older roofs to be damaged. The intensity of roof damage is determined by various factors: the velocity and impact of flying debris, the quality of the original installation, the building height and location in relation to other buildings, the angle and shape of the roof, and the material used on the roof.
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