8/11/23: Hail Storms Sweep the Twin Cities

Aug 12, 2023 | Blog, Local News, Storm Damage, Twin Cities

In early August, residents in the Twin Cities experienced some severe weather as the major storms of the season continue to ramp up. Here’s the overview of what occurred:

  • What: Hail, 2-4 in. diameter
  • When: August 11, 2023
  • Where: Minneapolis, St. Paul, MO

What It Means for Your Home

MPR News reported on its website that the Twin Cities saw heavy thunderstorms and hail the size of golf balls falling across the area for much of last week.

Those are some enormous concerns for local residents, but what does that mean for your home?

Hail: How Dangerous Can It Be?

Generally, hail that is greater than 1″ in diameter will cause damage and warrants a professional inspection. Hail this size can create dents in shingles as well as bruising in the underlayment. You may see dents in your gutters and fascia, while siding can become dented or even cracked. Hail can tear holes in window and door screens, and shingles will experience granule loss – this will be obvious from an excessive amount of granules in your gutter downspouts.

Larger hail, in the range of 1.5″ to 2″ in diameter, is even more destructive. In addition to the above problems, the hail of this size can begin to penetrate softer parts of the roof like ridge caps and plastic roof vents. Siding is more likely to crack and break – you may even see your siding tear off entirely from the combined pressure of hail strikes and high winds. Windows and doors may show cracks in their glass from hail impacts. Most metal fixtures will begin to show damage.

Ways To Stay Safe Before & During The Storm

Before the hail hits, be sure to clear your eavestroughs of debris to minimize ice dams or water damage. Inspect your roof for damage, repair any problem areas, and remove weak branches or trees in close proximity to your home. Be sure to store patio furniture and outdoor accessories in an enclosed space, and move vehicles into a garage or use a hail protector cover to avoid costly repairs.

During the storm, avoid finding shelter under trees or in areas like culverts that can suddenly fill with water. Stay indoors and away from windows, glass doors, and skylights—close drapes or blinds to protect yourself from broken glass and flying debris. Take special care to keep pets indoors and provide shelter for farm animals. Avoid driving if possible, but if you’re on the road when the storm hits, avoid any flooded roads and pull into a gas station or other covered structure. Make sure to angle your vehicle so that hail hits the reinforced windshield rather than the side and back windows.

Twin Cities Storm Damage Resources

Twin Cities Offices of Emergency Management

The Minneapolis Office of Emergency Management website and the St. Paul Office of Emergency Management website both helpfully provide adequate emergency response information within the local community. These informative guides are designed to help Twin Cities residents in the event of the county reports any storm damage to their properties, which will assist the National Weather Service in evaluating the extent of the damage to the area as well as the severity of the storm.

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