Roofing Contractors Tasked With Securing New Prague, Montgomery MN Hailstorm Damage On May 11, 2022.
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High winds and hailstorms ripped across southern Minnesota on Wednesday, May 11th, leaving a wake of roof damage, downed power lines, and snapped tree limbs, with New Prague and Montgomery sustaining heavy losses.
Tornado warnings were in effect as residents sheltered in place as tornados tore paths across neighboring communities. RestoreMasters tapped emergency roofing teams to lend support and repair the high wind and hail property damage in New Prague, Montgomery, and other impacted counties.
“A tornado warning has been issued for Le Sueur and Rice counties through 8:15 p.m. A huge line of storms is set to pass through the Twin Cities metro and south along Interstate 35, bringing 70-80 mph winds. A tornado warning has now been issued for most of Scott County and southern Carver County until 8:15 p.m.,” ABC affiliate KSTP 5 reported. “If you are in the metro, south along I-35, get inside and away from windows.”
A centralized hailstorm damage map shows two thick cells covering New Prague and Montgomery on Wednesday, May 11th. The sections highlighted in yellow show ice up to 1.25 inches in diameter, pelting neighborhoods and business districts around Waterville, Wheatland, and St. Patrick. The orange swaths indicate ice stones as large as 2.5 inches in diameter pounded areas south of Montgomery and directly hit New Prague.
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The National Weather Service tornado, high winds, and hail damage map shows a large group of storms sweeping across the southern half of Minnesota, with scattered fronts seen in South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, and the Texas-Oklahoma Panhandle. All told, six tornados, 97 high wind incidents, and 96 hailstorms devastated cities and towns on Wednesday, May 11th, 2022. Reports fielded from wide-reaching sources indicate the following communities suffered substantial hail and roof wind damage.
- Belle Plaine: Hailstones the size of half-dollars covered the area just after 7 pm.
- Chaska: The Carver County Seat saw ice more than 1.5 inches around crack glass and deliver hail damage on roofs while high winds downed trees across roads.
- Elysian: The Le Sueur County community was blanketed by quarter-sized ice just after 6 pm. High winds reach 60 mph, and roof wind damage is expected to require leak repair from flying tree branches. Residents and businesses were without power following the severe weather event.
- Kasota: Fierce wind gusts downed trees and tore roof shingles around 8 pm, according to National Weather Service reports.
- Kilkenny: Trees and branches were downed across the area.
- Le Center: Ice balls up to 1.5 inches in diameter were photographed after the hailstorm damage passed.
- New Prague: Golf ball-sized ice struck windshields and rooftops.
- Shakopee: The Scott County community took hail strikes from ice the size of ping pong balls that swelled to the size of limes before the storm subside as wind gusts reached 77 mph.
- Waterville: High winds downed trees across the city.
Real-time storm tracking resources reported: “Hazards include 70 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Wind damage is also likely to mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings. This severe thunderstorm will be near Belle Plaine around 7:45 pm. Other locations in the path of this severe thunderstorm include New Prague, Jordan, Elko, New Market, and Lakeville.”
Tornados touched down in Anoka, Martin, Brown, and Cottonwood counties. Commercial building owners are urged to make prompt roof leak repairs before rain causes more damage. RestoreMasters recently responded to wind-driven hail damage in Central Ohio on May 3, 2022.
Some roofing systems can be severely harmed by damage from heavy winds, tornadoes, or hail. Winds as low as 50 mph can cause some older roofs to be damaged. 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.
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