Roofing Contractor Deployed To Central Jersey & Philadelphia, PA Area Due To Tennis Ball-Sized Hail, on May 20, 2022

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May 21, 2022

Friday, May 20th brought about heavy thunderstorms to the Philadelphia area, extending across the border to New Jersey. According to nj.com, hail measuring 2.5” in diameter, the size of a tennis ball dropped in Burlington County. Nearby, there was another storm a few days ago, with teacup-sized hail (3" in diameter), in Maryland & Delaware area, on May 16th. The winds were up to 70 miles per hour during that storm.

Additionally, Camden County and Burlington County saw ping pong-ball-sized stones. Tennis ball-sized hail is rare in New Jersey. There was a tornado watch for 13 counties and a brief EF-0 tornado in Hazlet Township in the evening. Fortunately, there was no more severe tornadic activity, which could be devastating in a densely populated area such as New Jersey.

RestoreMasters contractors were sent to the area to assist with assessing roof damage. Hail at the size of a tennis ball falls at 44 - 72 mph, with no wind to propel it causes significant damage. This type of hail can break ceramic roof tiles, chip and crack asphalt tiles, dent and damage gutters, crack windows, and wreak havoc on sidings. Even small hail propelled in high winds can create damage.

The local hail and storm map indicates up to 2.5” hailstones indicated by dark orange. Varied size hail from 1” (yellow) to 1.75” (orange) pelted various areas around Pennsylvania, PA across the border to New Jersey’s Camden and Burlington County.

Hail Map, Central Jersey & Philadelphia,, PA, May 20, 2022

Hail in the range of tennis ball size is rare in New Jersey, so local social media blew up with images and videos of the storm:

NOAA’s National Weather Service storm report mentions hail up to golf-ball-size in Pennsylvania as well as tennis ball-sized hail in New Jersey. Trees were down all throughout the storm area in Pennsylvania.

  • Aberdeen: Brief EF-0 tornado in Monmouth County, NJ.
  • Denver: Quarter-size hail in Lancaster County, PA.
  • Lorane: Hail knocked down branches and leaves from trees in Berks County, PA
  • Boyertown: 55 mph wind gusts, in Berks County, PA.
  • Green Ridge: One-inch hail, in Berks County, PA.
  • Ruscombmanor Twp: Hail about the size of ping pong balls, trees down on Link Road from a possible microburst, in Berks County PA
  • Point Breeze: Hail up to half dollar-size, in Philadelphia County, PA.
  • Springdale: Quarter size hail, in Camden County, NJ.
  • Gibbsboro: Quarter-inch hail, in Camden County, NJ.
  • Shamong: One- to Two-inch hailstones, in Burlington County, NJ.
  • Medford Lakes: Ping Pong ball-size hail, in Burlington County, NJ.
  • Acosta: Trees down on wires, in Somerset, PA.
  • Confluence: Four large pine trees down across Turkeyfoot Road, in Somerset, PA.
  • Wellersburg: Trees down on wires along Rose Haven Road, in Bedford County, PA.
  • New Holland: Trees down on wires near Blue Ball, in Lancaster County, PA.
  • Robeson Twp: Several large tree branches down, in Berks County, PA.
  • Palmyra: Trees and wires down along Gravel Hill Road, and Route 422 West of Annville, in Lebanon, PA.
  • York: Trees down on wires on Walnut street, and near Parkway Blvd., in York County, PA
  • Lititz: Trees down on wires, in Lancaster, PA.

RestoreMasters has been working tirelessly to provide excellent service to those who have sustained damage from this storm, in the central New Jersey and Philadelphia, PA area. They provide all aspects of emergency clean-up and restoration, including aiding in reporting to insurance companies. They will be with their clients from assessment to final repairs, bringing the damaged property back to pre-storm condition, and better.

Strong winds can rip open some roofing systems and cause severe roof wind damage. Some older roofs can sustain damage from only 50 mph winds. The intensity of roof damage is determined by various factors: the velocity and impact of flying debris, the quality of the original installation, the building height and location in relation to other buildings, the angle and shape of the roof, and the material used on the roof.

It's important to get a thorough roof inspection & property damage assessment following severe weather like this so that you can determine whether you have roof damage from hail or high winds. In situations where you've got a leaking roof, experienced disaster roofing contractors can stop the leaks temporarily, by laying tarp or by using a durable shrink-wrap plastic membrane in the affected areas, or even over the entire roof. This will keep your building protected until permanent repairs can take place. This will help prevent mold infestation from water leaks.
If your property was anywhere within the storm damage map, it would be best to get your roof inspected, even if you think your roof was not damaged. Some storm damage problems do not produce symptoms right away. And deadlines from insurance companies could hinder you from filing a claim later.
Commercial property owners can rest assured that emergency response crews are available to assist with window, siding and roof damage, frozen pipe damage as well as turnkey restoration services.
We serve the following types of property owners with hail or wind damage to tile roofing: hospitals and clinics, schools, universities, institutions, churches, condos, hotels, resorts, retail properties, warehouses, mult-family, historical properties, industrial properties and residential properties.
Give us a call today, if the building on your property recently was damaged from wind, fallen trees, hail, collapsed roof or any other storm-related damage.
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 storm damage repair, contact RestoreMasters.
As one of the nation's leading large loss claims experts, our team of independent adjusters works directly with your insurance company to help expedite the process and get your facility back to full operation in no time. A turnkey restoration contractor, we can help you with all phases of restoration from emergency response services to total build back.
The RestoreMasters team is comprised of professionals specializing in storm damage insurance restoration, including: insurance claims experts, public adjusters, large loss attorneys, roofing engineers, building engineers, interior construction experts, and other experts in the field of damage restoration.
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