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.

Strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage. Older roofs are susceptible to severe wind damage, by winds as low as 50 mph. 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.

After a severe storm of hail or high winds, it is important to get your roof inspected, and have a property damage assessment report so that you can learn whether you have damage to your roofing system. Circumstances do not always allow for immediate repair of roof leaks. In the meantime, an experienced disaster roofing contractor can cover the roof or affected area with a tarp or with a durable plastic shrink wrap material, until such a time when more permanent repairs can be made. We need to stop more moisture damage, so we can prevent mold growth.
Even if you don't think your roof was damaged, you will want to get your roof inspected if your property falls anywhere within the hail damage map. Many storm damage symptoms are not always evident immediately. And insurance companies can require you to get a claim in before their deadline.
Emergency response crews are available to assist commercial property owners with roof damage, frozen pipe damage, siding and window damage, and turnkey restoration services.
Our clients include: schools, hospitals, hotels, churches, resorts, retail, warehouse, industrial, and other commercial properties as well as residential properties with hail or wind damage to tile roofing systems.
If your building has sustained harm from fallen trees, collapsed roof or any other damage related to hail, tornado or wind storms, call us today.
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 mitigation, 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 assistance with storm damage repair.
Our team of large loss insurance claim experts works directly with your insurance company to get your facility back to pre-storm condition. As a turnkey restoration contractor, we step in at the beginning with emergency response services and will stay with you throughout the entire process till your property is built back.
The RestoreMasters team of professionals includes: public adjusters, insurance claims experts, large loss attorneys, roofing and building engineers, interior restoration crews, and many more professionals specializing in insurance restoration for storm damage.
We provide repair, replacement and restoration services due to tornado damage and hurricane damage for the following roofing systems: TPO roofing, metal roofing, tile roofing, slate roofing, asphalt shingle roofing, EPDM roofing, roof coatings, torch down roofing, BUR roofing, SBS-modified roofing, PVC roofing.

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