Roofing Contractors Respond To Widespread Hail Damage Across Southwest Kansas On Friday, April 22, 2022
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Families across Southwest Kansas sheltered under tornado threat on Friday, April 22nd, 2022, but it was fierce hailstorms that inflicted widespread property damage. RestoreMasters emergency roofing crews responded to early weather reports in an effort to expedite roof repairs and prevent further property damage.
CBS News affiliate KCTV 5 reported that large hailstorm concentrations hovered around Finney County, particularly Garden City.
“One storm approaching Garden City packs a punch with winds of 70-plus mph. A storm south of town that could impact Garden City has the potential to dump large hail. Garden City police reported down power lines in the area, causing some power outages,” KCTV 5 reported.
At KSN News, severe weather coverage focused on Leoti in Wichita County. Residential and commercial building owners in the County Seat suffered among the worst hail damage to roofing systems. Large ice stones caused extensive destruction, and the media outlet spoke with a local Farm Bureau representative, urging property owners to promptly file insurance claims.
“Because, like the people with broken windows, they need to get their repairs immediately, and unfortunately, when something like this happens, and there is so much damage, every roof cannot be replaced within a week. So, we are here just to make sure our insurers our taken care of,” a Farm Bureau official reportedly said.
A local hail damage map indicates multiple storm fronts stretched across Southwest Kansas from the Oklahoma line south of Rolla to Leoti. The yellow bands on the severe weather map show hail as large as 1.25 inches pelting the entire Southwest. The color-coded storm map also highlights places such as Hugoton, Ulysses, and Garden City in orange, where ice up to 2.5 inches struck automobiles and buildings. And the patch of purple is where ice of more than 2.5 inches blanketed communities.
Hail damage all through the area, storm reports are posted on social media.
HAIL HAMMERS GARDEN CITY: The strongest storms in SW Kansas impacted an area of Finney County in and around Garden City. At about 9 p.m. tonight (Friday), Beth showed us what hit the town in Round 1 of the storm threat extending into Saturday morning. https://t.co/t85l1skXOX pic.twitter.com/jE5Z12XncT— KWCH Eyewitness News (@KWCH12) April 23, 2022
The National Weather Service wind and hailstorm map points to intense storms across the Midwest. From North Texas to South Dakota, national reporting totals accounted for 86 high wind incidents, 11 tornados, and 157 hailstorms that resulted in substantial residential and commercial property damage that require emergency roof repair. Wide-reaching hail and roof wind damage developments resulted in the following.
- Dighton: Hail as large as half-dollars cracked roofs and windshields.
- Garden City: Icefall sightings indicate chunks as large as 1.25 inches hit neighborhoods and commercial structures.
- Healy: Ice the size of a lime caused roof damage just before 10 pm.
- Holcomb: Hailstorms dumped ice between 8:11 and 8:40 pm, with some as large as a half-dollar covering the ground.
- Hugoton: Ping pong ball-sized ice affected property owners in Stevens County at approximately 8:06 pm.
- Lakin: Quarter-sized hail pelted areas around Kearny County Hospital and Highway 400.
- Leoti: The largest hailstones of the Friday, April 22, storms battered the Wichita County community as ice the size of baseballs inflicted property damage. One resident sustained a head injury while attempting to retrieve a family pet.
- Ulysses: Route 25 and Highway 160 east of the intersection experienced hail the size of hen eggs.
Morton County saw hail fall across communities such as Rolla, Elkhart, and Richfield, with the largest approaching the size of golf balls. Retail stores and other commercial building owners are urged to schedule an emergency roof repair inspection and contact insurance carriers with estimates. Immediate roof leak repair can prevent inventory losses and weakened support beams from water penetrations. RestoreMasters recently engaged in hail damage roof repair when high winds and ice impacted Garfield County, Oklahoma, on Sunday, April 10, 2022.
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.
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