New Orleans Tornado of 2022 Causes Severe Property Damage (Cleanup & Restoration in Progress)

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Mar 24, 2022

An EF-3 tornado tore through areas surrounding New Orleans, Louisiana on Tuesday night, March 22, 2022. The tornado was spawned from a storm system that had rolled through Texas a day earlier.

RestoreMasters has boots on the ground from our office in New Orleans, providing disaster cleanup, emergency roofing and restoration services. We have materials and crews to help property owners seal up their property and start the recovery process.

The National Weather Service reported that there was more than one tornado in the area. Doppler radar confirmed one hit Lacombe, north of New Orleans and across from Lake Ponchartrain. The most damaging tornado hit Arabi and crushed buildings.

The map below shows a meteorologist path map of the Arabi tornado.

New Orleans - Arabi Tornado Path Map

Due to the devastating impact of this storm, RestoreMasters is reminding property owners to take extra caution when inspecting property.

According to the National Weather Service, damage from severe winds or tornado damage were reported in the Louisiana of:

  • St. Tammany Parish — The smaller tornado started near Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on Highway 190. The tornado crossed I-12 and continued to Highway 36. Downed trees were reported.
  • St. Bernard Parish — Roofs were blown off in Arabi near the Lower Ninth Ward, where reports also included sheared off telephone poles, buildings and homes completely demolished and thousands left withou power.
  • Orleans Parish — The main tornado was observed by major news media and NWS personnel as it tore through New Orleans.
  • Jefferson Parish — An EF-3 tornado that started at 7:21pm CDT near Gretna and tracked for 11.5 miles, ending at 3 miles SSE of New Orleans. It was on the ground for approximately 17 minutes.

An EF-3 tornado is carries wind speeds of 136 to 165 mph. This level of wind speed can cause tremendous damage to structures. All roof in the path of the tornado are likely destroyed, and interior structures of some buildings are exposed.

Roof Damage by Tornado Category

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. That's why tornado activity is so devastating. 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 property damage assessment. 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 near the tornado path. 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 commercial property owners like: 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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