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.

Tornadoes, hail, and even strong winds can cause severe wind damage to roofing systems. Older roofs are susceptible to severe wind damage, by winds as low as 50 mph. 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.

It's important to get a thorough roof inspection & property damage assessment following severe weather like this so that you can determine whether you have roof damage from hail or high winds. If roof leaks do occur, an experienced disaster roofing contractor can stop leaks with tarping or shrink wrapping, where affected areas (or the entire roof) are covered with a durable shrink-wrapped plastic membrane till permanent repairs can take place. That way you can prevent mold growth from water intrusion.
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. Symptoms of storm damage problems do not always show up immediately. And insurance company deadlines could hinder your ability to file a claim later.
Commercial property owners can rest assured that emergency response crews are available to assist with window, siding and roof damage, frozen pipe damage as well as turnkey restoration services.
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.
Call us today, if your building or roofing system has seen damage from fallen trees or collapsed roof or any other damage from hail, tornadoes or wind storms.
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.
If you need help recovering from storm damage, contact RestoreMasters.
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