Hail Storm on June 18, 2021 Causes Roof Damage in Southern Iowa

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Jun 20, 2021

Highly damaging storms passed through southern Iowa on Friday, June 18th, dumping buckets of rain and large hail. To help with the cleanup process, RestoreMasters has experienced teams dispatched to the area. They’re currently assisting with a variety of removal tasks, including hail damage inspections, emergency roof repairs, and other essential functions.

This system - part of a larger hail-producing thunderstorm that affected Indianapolis & https://www.restoremastersllc.com//tornado-hail-storm-on-june-18-2021-cause-severe-roof-damage-in-dayton-ohio/Dayton, OH - produced large amounts of gusty winds and torrential rainfall. However, the most damaging factor was hail, with the largest chunks reportedly as big as 2.5” near Lake Red Rock. Additional hailstones ranging from quarter to tennis ball size were also common.

Hail maps for this storm show just how widespread the hail actually was. Larger stones over 2.5” (purple) fell in highly isolated areas, while most experienced pieces around 1” or larger (yellow).

Hail Map Southern Iowa for 6/18/21 Storm

In general, it only takes hail an inch in diameter to cause significant amounts of damage to a roof. RestoreMasters wants to help commercial building owners in the area with all issues associated with this event, which is why we’re committed to keeping teams local until repairs are made.

Looking at the data, this was a widespread storm that affected several local communities within this part of the state. According to National Weather Service records, the following Iowa counties received significant hail and wind: 

  • Des Moines – Wind gusts of up to 69 MPH, as reported by the local weather station.
  • Marion – Hailstones of up to 2.5” near Lake Red Rock, with additional hail measuring up to 2” in Knoxville, Harvey, and Pella. Power lines reported down near Pleasantville.
  • Warren – Reported hailstones measuring 1” to 1.75” near Cumming, Indianola, and Lacona. Some stones were reportedly as large as half dollar size and there was extreme rainfall.
  • Lucas – Quarter-sized hail at the Lucas County Sheriff's Office in Chariton.
  • Clarke – Hail measuring 1.75” near Woodburn.
  • Pottawattamie – According to social media reports from local residents, hail size ranged from quarter to tennis ball near Oakland and Carson. Weather service reports have the largest chunks in this area around 2.5”.
  • Cass – Near KJAN studios in Atlantic, they experienced quarter to half dollar size hail.

In addition to roof damage from hail, strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage. Some older roofs can be damaged by winds as low as 50 miles per hour. 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. 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) is covered with a durable shrink wrapped plastic membrane till permanent repairs can take place.

RestoreMasters Storm Assessment Team

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. Some storm damage problems do not produce symptoms right away. And insurance company deadlines could hinder your ability to file a claim later.

Emergency response crews are available to assist commercial property owners with roof 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.

Metal Roof & AC Unit With Hail DamageIf your building recently sustained damage due to wind, hail, falling trees, collapsed roof or other storm-related issues, give us a call today.

RestoreMasters 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, water damage restoration, debris cleanup, disaster response, interior restoration and construction services to rebuild your property.

If you need help, contact RestoreMasters.

As large loss claims experts, our team works directly with your insurance company to get your facility back on its feet. 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.

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