Roofing Contractor Fixes Storm Damage in Emporia, KS Following September 17, 2022 Hail & Wind Storm
Commercial Roofing & Restoration
Hail and high winds ripped through Emporia, KS, on Saturday, Sept. 17th, downing utility poles and leaving commercial property owners in need of emergency roof repair. RestoreMasters has contractors who can be contacted at the roof repair offices in Wichita, Kansas, to provide commercial roof inspection services in support of an insurance claim and fix damaged buildings.
“A tree reportedly fell onto a roof at the height of the Saturday afternoon storm in Emporia. A pole was broken at 12th Avenue and Industrial Road. Wind gusts estimated at 70 miles per hour knocked down limbs and power lines five miles south-southwest of Reading. The LCECC reported Neosho Rapids lost power completely, as did part of Americus,” The Emporia Gazette reported. “Winds in the 60-mph range were reported at Emporia Municipal Airport, as well as north of Olpe and north of Neosho Rapids. Law officers reported hail in the Neosho Rapids area was about the size of golf balls, combining with the wind to strip leaves from trees.”
Extreme temperatures following the water seepage from high wind and hail roof damage are setting buildings up for potential mold growth. Commercial property owners are urged to request a complimentary roof inspection to avoid unnecessary remediation.
A local high wind and hail damage map indicates a large hailstorm stretched from Americus to the southeast of Lebo, with intense concentrations over Neosho Rapids. The yellow sections on the hailstorm map show ice chunks up to 1.25 inches making landfall. The light orange shows hail up to 1.75 inches pelting automobiles and buildings. But the dark orange demonstrates hailstones up to 2.5 inches in diameter inflicted roof damage.
The light grayish swath over Emporia points to high winds that neared hurricane force and left a wake of property and wind roof damage.
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The National Weather Service high wind and hail damage map shows storm concentrations over Central Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Northern Minnesota. Local news and social media reporting highlight the heavy property and roof damage sustained in Lyon County and abutting communities.
- Americus: Hail the size of hen eggs pounded rooftops during the mid-afternoon. The sustained icefall covered lawns and decks as strong winds uprooted trees.
- Emporia: High winds reached 65 mph as trees were toppled and utility poles fell. A barn was significantly damaged.
- Geary County: Gusts reached 70 mph with reports of wind damage across Grandview Plaza and Junction City.
- Neosho Rapids: Hailstones the size of ping pong balls peppered commercial and agricultural buildings from 4:21 pm to 4:40 pm. Straight line winds of 60 mph stripped the leaves from trees.
- Reading: Broken tree limbs and downed power lines blocked roads after 70 mph winds swept through Lyon County.
- Saffordville: Trained spotters observed winds estimated at 60 mph flatten vegetation, while hail pelted areas of Chase County.
- Wilsey: The Morris County community was blanketed by quarter-sized hail.
It’s essential to have a commercial roof inspection performed following a severe weather event to ensure roof leaks are cured. RestoreMasters worked with property owners to implement emergency roof repair strategies and perform roof inspections to fast-track insurance claims in Lincoln, NE, after a hailstorm hit on June 16, 2022.
Severe storms, bringing hail, strong winds, or tornadoes can cause severe roof damage, by ripping off roofing systems. Some older roofs can be damaged by winds as low as 50 miles per hour. Roof damage can be severe or mild, depending on various factors which include: materials used on the roof, impact of debris, building height and proximity to other buildings, age, angle and shape of the roof and type of roofing.
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