Emergency Roofing Underway in Okemah & Wetumka, OK, After Grapefruit-Sized Hail Inflicts Property Damage on Sunday, May 15, 2022
Commercial Roofing & Restoration
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.
Storm images and videos are posted on social media by residents and news centers:
More quick Hwy 270 #lightning edits from 5-14-22 #SevereWeather #storm #Woodward #Oklahoma #sunset after dropping 2.25" observed hail west of Buffalo Ok⚡️ @WeatherNation #StormHour @weatherchannel @MyRadarWX @giopagliari @KCRG_FirstAlert @koconews @pcavlin @RobDunsTV @KetaTv ⚡️⛈️ pic.twitter.com/TG1jhMQXwp— Scott Schilke (@SchilkeScott) May 15, 2022
This is why we chase! What an amazing little supercell storm. It produced a funnel, around 1 inch hail, moved around 30 miles in 3 hours. In the panhandle of Oklahoma, USA this evening. Join our live chases via https://t.co/NYHSOgbcUn pic.twitter.com/M6aoLOfzTJ— Daniel Shaw (@DanielShawAU) May 15, 2022
Rotating #SevereThunderstormWarning just before dropping 2.25" observed hail west of #Buffalo #Oklahoma by First Alert #Channel storm team including the beginning west of #Sitka #Kansas US Hwy 183! @weatherchannel @WeatherNation @StormHour @giopagliari @MyRadarWX @GageGoulding pic.twitter.com/umInSr1pyd— Scott Schilke (@SchilkeScott) May 15, 2022
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.
Roof damage can be severe or mild, depending on various factors which include: materials used on the roof, impact of debris, building height and proximity to other buildings, age, angle and shape of the roof and type of roofing.
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.
Rather than believing your roof is not damaged, if your property is anywhere in the area of the storm damage map, then you will want to get your roof inspected.
Many storm damage symptoms are not always evident immediately.
And insurance company deadlines could hinder your ability to file a claim later.
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.
We are RestoreMasters, a restoration contractor specializing in wind & hail damage roofing, providing storm damage restoration services including: disaster response, commercial and industrial roofing, tile roof repair, emergency roof repair with tarp or shrink wrap, debris cleanup, water removal, pipe burst cleanup, water damage restoration, tornado damage roofing & restoration.
In addition to that, we respond to disaster situations with: hurricane damage roofing & restoration, mold remediation, interior restoration and construction, windows & doors, and other services to rebuild your property. We also provide fire damage restoration.
Contact RestoreMasters if you need assistance with storm damage repair.
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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 is comprised of professionals specializing in storm damage insurance restoration, including: insurance claims experts, public adjusters, large loss attorneys, roofing engineers, building engineers, interior construction experts, and other experts in the field of damage restoration.
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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