Emergency Roofing Underway in Okemah & Wetumka, OK, After Grapefruit-Sized Hail Inflicts Property Damage on Sunday, May 15, 2022

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Disaster Response Team

May 16, 2022

Massive hailstones the size of grapefruits inflicted widespread roof damage across Okemah and Wetumka, OK, Sunday, May 15th, as storm chasers witnessed eerily threatening cloud formations. RestoreMasters promptly dispatched emergency roofing teams to support roof leak repair efforts in Hughes and Okfuskee County.

The severe weather storm garnered national headlines with the Washington Post reporting, “Peter Forister, a meteorologist and geographic information systems technician from Virginia, discovered Sunday night when he encountered a stunning display in Oklahoma of Mammatus clouds — pouch-like appendages that hang beneath the anvil of a severe thunderstorm.”

Forister reportedly posted a time-lapse video of the ominous Mammatus cloud formation over Horntown, OK, on Twitter. Property owners largely sheltered in place, concerned about extensive hail damage to roofing systems.

A local hailstorm damage map shows a long severe weather front stretching from Gerty and Ashland north along Highway 75, through Wetumka and Okemah. The yellow bands point to ice up to 1.25 inches in diameter, pelting the areas. The orange swaths show hail as large as 2.5 inches, causing roof damage. But the purple section indicates hailstones punished windshields and rooftops with ice over 4.5 inches, and emergency roofing services will be required to effect repairs.

Hail Map, Okemah, Wetumka, OK, May 15, 2022

Storm images and videos are posted on social media by residents and news centers:

The National Weather Service high wind, tornado, and hail damage map for May 15, 2022, shows two clusters over the South and Southwest with scattered storms across the country. Extreme weather for the day included two tornadoes, 188 high wind incidents, and 151 hailstorms resulting in property damage losses. Wide-reaching resources indicate Oklahoma cities and towns suffered the following.

  • Ada: Hail as large as a lime created storm damage across the Pontotoc County Seat.
  • Atwood: Ice the size of tennis balls pounded roofs twice between 6:30 and 7 pm and high winds overturned a camper.
  • Calvin: The Hughes County community suffered damage from golf ball-sized hail and strong wind gusts tore at least one roof off a building.
  • Holdenville: The Hughes County Seat saw tree branches snap as winds neared 70 mph in the business district.
  • Okemah: Pounded by ice stones ranging from tennis balls-sized to chunks larger than grapefruits, the Okfuskee County Seat suffered extreme hail roof damage to businesses near I-40. Reports indicate hailstones reached 4.5 inches.
  • Fittstown: Ice the size of hen eggs struck automobiles and roofs.
  • Wetumka: Northern Hughes County sustained significant property damage as hailstones the size of large apples battered rooftops.

High winds and sudden gusts added insult to property damage injury as hailstorms trekked through Okemah, Wetumka, and neighboring Oklahoma communities. Prompt commercial roof repair is critical to prevent water penetrations from creating further losses. RestoreMasters roofing & restoration contractor specialists worked with property owners in New Prague and Montgomery, MN, following a hailstorm on May 11, 2022.

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.

The severity of roof damage depends on several factors including: type and age of roofing materials, presence of flying debris, roof shape and angle, building height and proximity to adjacent structures and the quality of original roof installation.

Following severe weather like this, it's important to get a thorough roof inspection & property damage assessment to determine whether or not you have roof damage from hail or wind.

In situations where you've got a leaking roof, experienced disaster roofing contractors can stop the leaks temporarily, by laying tarp or by using a durable shrink-wrap plastic membrane in the affected areas, or even over the entire roof. This will keep your building protected until permanent repairs can take place. This will help prevent mold infestation from water leaks.

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.

Symptoms of storm damage problems do not always show up immediately.

And insurance companies can require you to get a claim in before their deadline.

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.

The types of clients that consistently rely on RestoreMasters to assist them with hail or wind damage to tile roofing includes: all commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, churches, condos, apartments, hotels, resorts, restaurants, dealerships, retail properties, historical homes & buildings, warehouses and industrial 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.

Our team of large loss insurance claim experts works directly with your insurance company to get your facility back to pre-storm condition.

A turnkey restoration contractor, we can help you with all phases of restoration from emergency response services to total build back.

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.

We do repair, replacement and restoration services on the following roofing systems: TPO roofing, metal roofing, tile roofing for hail damage, slate roofing, asphalt shingle roofing from hurricane damage, EPDM roofing, roof coatings, torch down roofing, BUR roofing, SBS-modified roofing repair, PVC roofing.

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