Roofing Contractors Tasked With Securing New Prague, Montgomery MN Hailstorm Damage On May 11, 2022.

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May 12, 2022

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.

Hail Map, New Prague & Montgomery, MN, May 10, 2022

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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.

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.

After a severe storm of hail or high winds, it is important to get your roof inspected, and have a property damage assessment report so that you can learn whether you have damage to your roofing system. Circumstances do not always allow for immediate repair of roof leaks. In the meantime, an experienced disaster roofing contractor can cover the roof or affected area with a tarp or with a durable plastic shrink wrap material, until such a time when more permanent repairs can be made. We need to stop more moisture damage, so we can prevent mold growth.
Even if you don't think your roof was damaged, you will want to get your roof inspected if your property falls anywhere within the hail damage map. Some storm damage problems do not produce symptoms right away. And insurance companies sometimes enforce deadlines for claims, so you need to get your claim filed quickly.
Emergency response crews are available to assist commercial property owners with roof damage, frozen pipe damage, siding and window damage, and turnkey restoration services.
The types of clients that consistently rely on RestoreMasters to assist them with hail or wind damage to tile roofing includes: all commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, churches, condos, apartments, hotels, resorts, restaurants, dealerships, retail properties, historical homes & buildings, warehouses and industrial properties.
If your building recently sustained damage due to wind, hail, falling trees, collapsed roof, or other storm-related issues, give us a call today.
Wind Damage to RoofWe are a disaster restoration contractor providing damage restoration from hail, tornadoes, fire and flood. RestoreMasters responds to disaster emergencies by repairing roofing systems of commercial and residential buildings, starting with temporary solutions using tarp or shrink wrap to prevent leaks, until more permanent solutions are decided upon. We also assist with debris cleanup, water removal, burst pipe damage repair, water damage building restoration, tornado damage roofing & restoration, hurricane damage roofing & restoration, mold remediation, interior restoration and reconstruction, and many other services to rebuild your damaged property. We also provide fire & smoke damage restoration.
Contact RestoreMasters if you need help fixing storm damage.
Our team of large loss insurance claim experts works directly with your insurance company to get your facility back to pre-storm condition. A turnkey restoration contractor, we can help you with all phases of restoration from emergency response services to total build back.
Our team of professionals includes: insurance claims experts, public adjusters, building engineers, roofing engineers, interior construction experts, large loss attorneys and other professionals specialized in storm damage insurance restoration projects.
Types of roofing systems we repair & replace: TPO roofing, metal roofing, tile roofing, slate roofing, asphalt shingle roofing, EPDM roofing, roof coatings, torch down roofing, BUR roofing, SBS-modified roofing, PVC roofing.

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