Hail Damage Roof Repair Specialists Alerted to Destructive Hailstone Strike in McCook, NE, on June 5, 2022
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Widespread automobile and roof damage left property owners in McCook, NE, reeling after hailstones the size of grapefruits smashed windshields and cracked shingles on Sunday, June 5th. RestoreMasters immediately contacted emergency roof repair technicians to respond and secure any roof with hail damage before water penetrations cause further losses.
Residents of Red Willow County were largely taken by surprise as early warning weather alerts underestimated the girth of hard ice that left a wake of destruction. Residents were forced to shelter in place as massive ice chunks pummeled the area, inflicting hail damage on roofs in residential neighborhoods and business districts alike.
A local hail damage map paints a humbling portrait of a hailstone storm that pounded Red Willow county. A pair of overlapping hailstorms intersect at Indianola, where crossing yellow bands indicate hail as large as 1.25 inches in diameter peppered areas along Highway 34. The storm cells stretch as far east as Bartley and south across Route 89.
The lighter orange sections highlight places where hail up to 1.75 inches around struck communities and the darker orange swaths demonstrate hailstones as large as 2.5 inches made landfall. The dark purples section at the eye of the hailstorm signifies hailstones as large as 4 inches made direct hits on cars, trucks, and structures in McCook.
Posts from local social media by residents and storm chasers:
The National Weather Service confirms the massive ice strikes in Red Willow County and the surrounding area. A national tornado, high wind, and hailstorm damage map shows a wave of intense weather systems moving across Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma, with isolated storms in the Northwest and Southern states. The final tally for Sunday, June 5th, reached two tornados, 28 high wind events, and 73 hailstorms. Wide-reaching accounts of the massive ice strikes and strong winds in Southeast Nebraska reported the following.
- Bartley: Wind gusts reached 60 mph and were accompanied by heavy rainfall.
- Danbury: Hail the size of golf balls covering the area were posted on social media.
- Indianola: Pushed by winds that reached 64 mph, hail the size of quarters smacked windshields, house siding, and roofing systems.
- Lexington: Facebook posts by residents show ice the size of ping pong balls blanketing the Dawson County community. Wind gusts reportedly hit 64 mph just after 8 pm.
- McCook: Widespread reports of hail the size of softballs were trending on social media. Some indicated ice as large as a grapefruit smashed property and likely caused roof leaks. Wind gusts reached 60 mph as the storm raged through the municipality.
The annual Nebraska hailstorm season usually runs through July, and it’s important to have a thorough roof inspection conducted following a severe weather incident. Hail the size of a golf ball can crack shingles and dent metal roofing system, making roof leak repair necessary.
Few structures can take hits from hailstones the size of a softball without requiring a roof repair contractor to secure leaks and replace badly damaged sections. RestoreMasters recently deployed emergency roofing crews to Okemah and Wetumka, OK, after grapefruit-sized hail inflicted property damage on May 15, 2022.
Severe storms, bringing hail, strong winds, or tornadoes can cause severe roof damage, by ripping off roofing systems. 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.
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