Roof Repair Teams Respond to Hail, High Wind Damage Across Central Oklahoma on Saturday, April 23, 2022
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A menacing storm front trekked across Central Oklahoma on Saturday, April 23rd, as high winds and hail property damage were inflicted across the region. RestoreMasters apprised commercial roof repair contractors to lend support before heavy rains soak vulnerable buildings.
Based on Oklahoma Gas and Electric’s system watch, more than 4,000 residential and commercial buildings lost power on Saturday night, with 1,100 customers in the Oklahoma City Metro area experiencing service disruptions into Sunday. Reports indicate a funnel cloud touched down near Tuttle and cut a path as long as four miles while causing roof wind damage. First-hand accounts also indicate a twister may have briefly made ground fall near Tinker Air Force Base, according to News 9.
A local hailstorm damage map shows at least four storms moving through Central Oklahoma, with the largest spanning from the eastern Gracemont to south Spencer. Another severe weather concentration hovered to the north and southwest of El Reno. To the south, Slaughterville was pelted by a fast-moving hail event. The long yellow bands on the local hail and roof wind damage map show ice balls up to 1.25 inches striking neighborhoods and business areas. The light orange indicates ice up to 1.75 inches pounding cars, trucks, and buildings. The dark orange hovering around Grady County points to emergency roof repairs being needed as ice stones the size of tennis balls battered buildings.
Damage brought about by hail and high wind throughout Central Oklahoma is reported by citizens and news centers on social media.
The National Weather Service wind and hailstorm damage map shows severe weather events stretching across Central Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Southeast Minnesota. All told, four tornados, 59 high wind incidents, and 19 hailstorms devastated residential and commercial properties on Saturday, April 23rd. Wide-reaching reports indicate the following communities suffered significant losses.
- Canadian County: Areas along I-40 between El Reno and Calumet experienced hail the size of a quarter pelt automobiles and buildings.
- Garvin County: Strong winds tore the rooftops of commercial and residential structures. Immediate roof leak repair was needed as rain clouds approached Central Oklahoma.
- Minco: The town saw ice as large as tennis balls batter windshields and rooftops.
- Norman: The northern outskirts of the community, as well as Newcastle and Hall Park, took hits as ice of nearly two inches in diameter fell.
- Oklahoma City: The largest hailstorm dumped ice on metro business centers, including suburbs such as Del City, Smith Village, Midwest City, and the Will Rogers World Airport. Early incident reports tallied as many as three utility poles dropped by high winds.
- Slaughterville: The Cleveland County region saw a lone hailstorm deliver quarter-sized ice across I-35 and beyond the Lexington Wildlife Management Area.
- Tinker Airforce Base: High winds down a utility pole between Douglas and Post roads.
- Union City: One-inch hail peppered properties as a sheet of frozen precipitation blanked the community.
Widespread power outages, impacted buildings, and approaching rain prompted Oklahoma City officials to postpone events such as the Memorial Marathon scheduled for Sunday, April 24. The hail season typically runs through May in the Sooner State, accompanied by torrential rains and high winds. Property owners are urged to make commercial roof repair arrangements before water infiltrates buildings and creates hazardous mold growths. RestoreMasters recently dispatched emergency roofing contractors to Central Arkansas after Little Rock was pummeled by hail and tornadoes on April 11, 2022.
Strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage. Winds as low as 50 mph can cause some older roofs to be damaged. Several factors will determine the severity of roof damage: the height of the building and proximity to nearby structures, the quality of work by the original installers, the shape and angle of the roof, the age and type of roofing materials, and the impact from debris.
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