Roof Repair Contractor Responds to Massive Hail Strikes in Temple, Killeen & Across Bell County, TX Tuesday, April 12, 2022

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Disaster Response Team

Apr 13, 2022

A twister ripped through Bell County, Texas, Tuesday, April 12th, with Temple, Killeen, and other communities suffering widespread damage from the high winds and massive hailstone strikes. RestoreMasters field crews are engaged in emergency roof repair efforts to prevent further losses as storms move through the region.

Early reports from The Weather Channel indicate at least 23 people were injured as winds climbed to 165 mph and struck Salado to the north of Austin. Salado suffered heavy property damage from a tornado that touched ground for more than a half-hour at about 6 pm, leaving a 13-mile path of wreckage. A dozen people required hospitalization and 63 structures sustained damage, including a pair of churches. Power lines were downed, trees uprooted, and emergency roofing crews are helping to secure commercial buildings before fast-moving rainstorms douse inventories and weaken structural supports.

The supercell also smashed automobiles, homes, and commercial buildings with hail that reached 5.5 inches in diameter. These massive ice stones rivaled the Texas record of 6.4 inches set in 2021. Extensive hail property damage is being assessed, and roof leak repair ranks among Bell County property owners’ greatest concerns.

The National Weather Service tornado damage map shows 23 reported funnel clouds devastating cities and towns across Bell County, Texas, into northwest Louisiana, including 139 high-wind incidents and 225 hail reports. A second high wind and hailstorm front also impacted states such as Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Local hail damage maps show multiple overlapping storm formations across Bell County, Texas, on Tuesday, April 12th. Lone hailstorms highlighted in yellow indicate ice approximately 1-inch in diameter pelted neighborhoods as far south as Serenada and as far north as Gatesville. One-inch hail also stretched from the outskirts of Kempner to as far east as Franklin and New Baden. Larger hail fall highlighted by orange bands shows eastern Killeen sustained ice-fall the size of golf balls. Temple also was hit by ice 1.75 inches, and Salado suffered the worst roof hail damage as stones exceeding 5.5 inches made hard impacts across the area.

Temple-Franklin, TX Hail & Tornado Map, April 12, 2022
Tornadoes and hailstones cause damage throughout the area, and storm reports by citizens cover social media.

Wide-reaching reports indicate the following cities and towns sustained tornado and hail damage on roofs.

  • Belton: Ice the size of hen eggs blanketed the community.
  • Fort Hood: The military base was pelted by hail the size of a quarter in some places. Golf ball-sized hail made landfall at Phantom Lanes.
  • Heidenheimer: Weather reports confirm ice stones 2.25 inches in diameter damaged roofs, automobiles, and other property.
  • Killeen: Hail damage maps show ice stones the size of golf balls slammed into cars, trucks, and roofs.
  • Rogers: Spotters photographed a funnel cloud touching down as tree limbs and debris were scattered. Ping pong ball-sized ice hit neighborhoods just after 8 pm.
  • Seaton: High winds snapped tree branches along Seaton Road and Little Elm Creek.
  • Temple: A tornado was sighted outside Temple, near Seaton. Multiple hailstone incidents impacted the area during the evening, with ice as large as golf balls battering the roofs of homes and commercial buildings.
  • Salado: A tornado with winds estimated faster than 165 mph touched down, leveling homes, tearing roofs, and causing substantial property damage. Ice stones ranging from 1.75 inches to more than 5.5 inches pounded automobiles and rooftops as residents took shelter.

First responders helped injured community members receive necessary medical attention, and initial reports point to only one person suffering critical injuries. The magnitude of the tornado and hailstones that neared the state record leaves Bell County in dire need of emergency commercial roof repair as cleanup begins. RestoreMasters recently sent emergency roofing professionals to Round Rock, Texas, after high winds and hail struck on March 21, 2022.

Strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage.

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.

After a severe storm of hail or high winds, it is important to get your roof inspected, and have a property damage assessment report so that you can learn whether you have damage to your roofing system.

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.

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.

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.

The types of clients that consistently rely on RestoreMasters to assist them with hail or wind damage to tile roofing includes: all commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, churches, condos, apartments, hotels, resorts, restaurants, dealerships, retail properties, historical homes & buildings, warehouses and industrial 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.

As a turnkey restoration contractor, we step in at the beginning with emergency response services and will stay with you throughout the entire process till your property is built back.

RestoreMasters provides a large team of professionals working on your behalf, including: insurance claims experts, large loss attorneys, public adjusters, roofing and building engineers, interior construction experts, and other professionals with a specialty in storm and disaster damage insurance restoration.

We do repair, replacement and restoration services on the following roofing systems: TPO roofing, metal roofing, tile roofing for hail damage, slate roofing, asphalt shingle roofing from hurricane damage, EPDM roofing, roof coatings, torch down roofing, BUR roofing, SBS-modified roofing repair, PVC roofing.

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