Roof Repair & Restoration After Tornado, High Winds & Hail In Upshur County Gilmer, Texas March 21, 2022

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Mar 22, 2022

The storm systems that killed one individual in Grayson County and made national news for the damage swath that reached from Austin, TX to just inside the Oklahoma border, also wreaked damage in Upshur County, TX. Tornadoes damaged three towns in Upshur County on Monday, March 21st, injuring seven people and numerous homes. RestoreMasters moved quickly to assist Gilmer, Ore City, and Union Grove property owners with property damage assessments, emergency roof repairs, and tornado damage restoration.

A long-track tornado touched down along the farm-to-market road, FM 2685, and Pomegranate Road, and continued for 40 miles between Gilmer and Union Grove, injuring seven people in its path.

The damage from the March 11th tornadoes also included homes on Azalea Road off of Highway 154, east of Gilmer. Another tornado-damaged area lay east of Gilmer on the farm-to-market road FM 1649 near Williams Road west of FM 1972. That tornado damaged homes between Gilmer and Ore City. Just southwest of Gilmer, Pritchett also experienced the effects of the twister and the hail storm that came with the thunderstorms.

Although most of Upshur County avoided hail damage, local storm maps show that northern Union Grove experienced 1.75” hail (yellow), the Gilmer area’s first hail of 2022, according to Stormer Site.

Nearby Ore City and Enoch also lay in the hail path, as did Mings Chapel, six miles south of Gilmer. In its neighboring county, Gregg, the town of Gladewater recorded hailstones of 1” (yellow). The nearby towns of Hawkins and Diana all sustained hail damage from at least 1" hail (yellow).

Hail Wind Track Storm Map Upshur-Gilmer, Texas - March 21, 2022

It only takes hail of 1” or larger to damage roof shingles, so our RestoreMasters teams plan to assist many Texas property owners during the upcoming weeks. We're on the ground in the area just as we were in 2021 when a major hail storm damaged multiple areas of north Texas.

In Smith County, high winds caused damage to structures in the communities of Tyler, Winona, and Owentown, an unincorporated community just east of Dallas. In Tyler, straightline winds measured 59 to 61 mph.

National Weather Service reports of other areas affected by high winds included Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, Hawkins, Gilmer, Diana, and Murchison.

  • Harrison – on the outskirts of Scottsville, sustained tree damage from a tornado.
  • Marion – near the county lines of Morris County and Marion County, a tornado damaged multiple homes and vehicles in the vicinity of the farm-to-market road FM 729, also known as Texas Forest Trail, off of Lake of the Pines.
  • Cass – the area between Queen City and Domino near US-59 sustained uprooted trees due to a tornado.
  • Rusk - One person was injured, a strong tornado touched down along County Road, in the eastern portion of Rusk county, major damage to two houses including a missing roof on FM 2496 2 - 3 miles west of US 259.
  • Panola - One person was injured, several others had minor injuries, a tornado touched down along FM 348 in west Panola county, three homes sustained structural damage, one was reported destroyed on Hwy 79, eleven miles west of Carthage.

Tornadoes, hail, and high winds can cause extensive damage to roofing systems and building siding, requiring the expertise of people trained to recognize damage and the know-how to deal with insurance companies and provide repairs and restoration. 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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