Roof Repair Contractor Responds to Massive Hail Strikes in Temple, Killeen & Across Bell County, TX Tuesday, April 12, 2022
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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.
@washingtonpost Your Texas foreign correspondent will need to be aware of the golf ball sized hail...not "hell"...— Thomas Mahluf (@MahlufThomas) April 13, 2022
One tornado swept through the Texas town of Salado, damaging homes in Bell County, and produced ... https://t.co/eVZg38wRMc via @MailOnline
Take a look at the damage in the wake of the tornado that touched down in #Salado Tuesday. Bell County Judge David Blackburn says 23 people were injured and almost 20 homes were destroyed just west of Saledo. A second tornado touched down in Eastern Bell County. #txwx https://t.co/2WwYtS9yFU— Nicole Osei (@NicOseiNews) April 13, 2022
Here's a video of the tornado that touched down near Florence as storms rolled through the northern part of the KXAN viewing area Tuesday. The trail of damage stretched from northern Williamson County into Bell County near the town of Salado. Read more: https://t.co/K4VKYiwuky pic.twitter.com/UKeYyc5sup— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) April 13, 2022
A tornado injured at least 23 people and hospitalized 12 after it tore through a rural part of Williamson and Bell Counties. The images we're seeing are devastating, and this is just weeks after several other Williamson County cities were hit by tornados in March. pic.twitter.com/T9NoHtOH4c— Tom Miller (@TomMillerKXAN) April 13, 2022
WOW! Giant hail stone captured in Salado (Bell County) from a Tornado-warned storm. This is close to 6" which would be close to softball-grapefruit sized. The state record for largest hail stone was captured in Hondo, TX last year on April 28 and measured 6.4 inches in diameter pic.twitter.com/YxtZ9D8HCc— Colleen Campbell (@ccampbellwx) April 12, 2022
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.
Tornadoes, hail, and even strong winds can cause severe wind damage to roofing systems. 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.
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