Roof Contractor Arrives To Repair Damage From High Winds, Tornado & Hail, In Southern Indiana on May 19, 2022

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May 20, 2022

Southern Indiana was hit with hail the size of baseballs, heavy winds, and a tornado, on Thursday, May 19th early in the afternoon. According to a local news report, areas like Poseyville and Wadesville, Indiana had hail at about 2.75”. (Without wind, this size of hail can be dropping at 40-70 mph.) Vehicles in the parking lot at North Posey High School had broken windshields and other damage. The students said it sounded like a team of people were running on the roof of the school building. A lot of damage occurred on roofs and sidings.

An EF-2 tornado landed in Wabash County, Illinois at 9:30 pm, producing significant damage through the Mt. Carmel, Illinois area then straddled the White River and blew through the Gibson/Knox County line in Indiana. Trees were uprooted and snapped and then thrown onto homes. Dozens of power poles were snapped and structural damage occurred to buildings.

This storm was in conjunction with many other storms that occurred on May 19th, like the one in St. Paul, Minnesota, where teacup-sized hailstones slammed the area.

Contractors from RestoreMasters have been dispatched to the area to assess the damage, help file damage reports to insurance companies and implement emergency remediation, by covering roofs with shrink wrap or tarp, until more permanent solutions can be had. After storms such as this, it is imperative to get damaged buildings covered quickly, in order to prevent water damage from future storms.

The local hail storm map indicates large swaths of heavy wind (light gray), with a tornado (black streak) starting in Illinois and ending in Gibson/Knox County, Indiana. Hail up to 1” predominated, as indicated by yellow swaths. The purple area indicates where the baseball-sized hail fell near Posey and Lawrence.

Hail Map, South Indiana, May 19, 2022

Weather centers and citizens posted images and videos of hailstones and the storm:

The NOAA National Weather Service storm and damage map indicates a tornado, a variety of hail sizes as well as damage from heavy winds.

  • Newberry: 200 acres of corn, soybeans lost and 1000 acres stripped to stubs, fully-headed wheat destroyed.
  • Manville: Trees down in Northern Jefferson County, trees and power lines down near Manville.
  • Avonburg: Trees down on powerline.
  • Wakefield: Medium trees snapped along North Spry Road northeast of deputy.
  • Wirt: Power lines down near Smyrna.
  • Hazleton: Tree Limbs Down.
  • Crossville: Trees and Power lines down.
  • Decker: Trees and utility lines down in and around the area, semi-truck blew over on US 41 near Firemen Rd.
  • Fort Branch: Power out and Possible roof damage to house.
  • Washington:27” hail found melting along roadsides.
  • Sandborn: 2” hail north of Sandborn.
  • Mitchell: 2” hail.
  • Versailles: Tree reported down across US 421 and West County Rd.
  • Milford: Pole snapped halfway up at West Base Road and North County Road.
  • Madison: Several trees down.
  • Valeene: Quarter to Half-dollar-size hail.
  • Hardinsburg: Quarter-sized hail.
  • Bristow: Quarter-sized hail near I-64 near MM 70.
  • Poseyville: Baseball-sized hail near North Posey High School, cars were damaged.
  • Santa Claus: Golf ball-sized hail between towns of Fulda and New Boston.
  • Pumpkin Center: Half-dollar-sized hail.

With damage from trees and branches, and hail the size of baseballs dropping at 40-70 mph, with heavy winds propelling them against homes, buildings, and roofing systems, RestoreMasters has a lot of work ahead, to help property owners restore their buildings to pre-storm condition.

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 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.

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) 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 deadlines from insurance companies could hinder you from filing a claim later.

Emergency response crews are available to assist commercial property owners with roof damage, frozen pipe damage, siding and window damage, and turnkey restoration services.

We provide services to clients of all types, with hail or wind damage to tile roofing, such as: hospitals, medical facilities, churches, schools, colleges & universities, museums, condos, hotels, warehouses, resorts, retail properties, historical properties, industrial properties, and residential properties.

If your building has sustained harm from fallen trees, collapsed roof or any other damage related to hail, tornado or wind storms, call us today.

Lighthouse Tabernacle - Sulphur, LARestoreMasters is a disaster restoration contractor, providing storm damage restoration from hail, tornadoes, fire and flood, responding to emergencies in disaster situations, by aiding with repair of commercial and industrial roofing, tile roofs, providing temporary solutions to cover damaged roofs with tarp or shrink wrap.

We also provide clean up of storm debris, water damage cleanup, frozen pipe burst cleanup, restoration after water damage, mold remediation, tornado damage roofing & restoration, hurricane damage roofing & restoration, interior restoration and construction and much more. We also provide fire damage cleanup & restoration.

If you need help recovering from storm damage, contact RestoreMasters.

Our team of large loss insurance claim experts works directly with your insurance company to get your facility back to pre-storm condition.

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.

We provide the following roofing services: TPO roofing repair, metal roofing replacement, tile roofing hail & wind damge repair, slate roofing replacement, asphalt shingle roofing repair from tornado damage, EPDM roofing restoration, roof coatings, torch down roofing, BUR roofing replacement, SBS-modified roofing repair, PVC roofing restoration.

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