Roof Repair And Cleanup Crews Dispatched To Southern Alabama After Hail Storm, January 9, 2022

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Jan 10, 2022

A very serious storm hit southern Alabama on Sunday, January 9th, dropping large chunks of hail and even spawning a few localized tornadoes. To assist commercial property owners with the repair and cleanup process, RestoreMasters has dispatched teams to the local area.

During the event, a barn was destroyed and a gooseneck trailer was overturned near Ansley, where a confirmed EF-0 tornado touched down. Hail chunks as large as 1.75” were also reported in other parts of the region.

Additional reports of damage from this weather system include sporadic tree damage, downed power lines, roof damage, and much more. Even small amounts of hail and moderate winds can cause significant issues for commercial roofing materials, which is why it is important for property owners to fully inspect buildings for possible issues. Failure to do so now could lead to bigger issues with leaks, water damage, mold, and more in the future.

Looking at the local hail map, it appears that the brunt of the damaging chunks fell to the east of Montgomery. In that area, the size of the hailstones averaged somewhere in the 1.75” to 2” range (dark orange). Other areas experienced hail from 1” to 1.25” (yellow).  Since a good number of the areas affected by the storm are rural, there’s no telling if there are pockets of bigger-sized hail that fell in spots like the De Soto National Forest and more.

Tornado Hail Wind Track Storm Map Southern Alabama - January 9, 2022

To help our customers, RestoreMasters plans on keeping teams in the southern Alabama area for an extended period of time. During this process, staff will work with commercial property owners with everything from removal of additional damage, inspections, insurance claim processes, and repairs. It is our goal to ensure that every single one of our customers gets the courtesy and quality service necessary to rebuild after a large storm like this one.

According to the National Weather Service, adverse weather conditions were reported in the Alabama counties of:

  • Pike — Brief touchdown of an EF-0 tornado near Ansley, where a barn was completely blown over and a gooseneck trailer was damaged.
  • Conecuh — Video posted to social media of a tornado crossing I-65 near Owassa. 
  • Butler — Downed power lines due to a confirmed tornado in Mckenzie. Later confirmed to be an EF-0 tornado.
  • Clarke — Dime to quarter-sized hail reported near Jackson.
  • Monroe — Very large hail measuring between golf and tennis ball size in Burnt Corn. Hail chunks measuring 1.75” in Peterman.
  • Marengo —  Downed trees and roof damage in the communities Sweet Water and Dixons Mill.

Hail and tornadoes are not the only events that can damage roofs and siding on buildings. 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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