The skies darkened and the winds howled as Nashville and the surrounding areas experienced powerful storms that swept through the region for multiple days, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Severe hailstorms, tornadoes and strong straight-line winds impacted the Nashville area on five different dates in May!

From hail damage to wind-battered structures, the impact on homes, infrastructure, and the environment was profound. In this article, we take a closer look at the aftermath of the storm, particularly focusing on areas like Lebanon TN, Murfreesboro TN, College Grove and Franklin TN, Columbia, TN and Clarksville TN took yet another round of devastating weather!

Understanding the Scale of Storm Damage​

The fury of Mother Nature was on full display as severe weather conditions unleashed a barrage of damage across Middle Tennessee. The breadth of this damage ranged from minor cosmetic impairments to structural devastation requiring major repair.

Hail Damage: A Fierce Challenger

Hail Damage: A Fierce Challenger

One of the most visibly destructive elements of the storm was the hail. In several areas, hailstones the size of softballs balls pelted homes and vehicles, leaving behind a pattern of destruction.

Hail was so large in the Leipers Fork area of Williamson County that car windshields were cracked! Needless to say, this size hail can be devastating to your roof and home’s exterior. Hail damage often includes dents and cracks on roofing materials, shattered windows, and damaged siding.

Roof and Wind Damage: A One-Two Punch

The combination of strong winds and hail proved to be a formidable force against the integrity of many structures. Roof damage was particularly widespread, with reports of missing shingles, leaks, and in some extreme cases, complete roof cave-ins. Wind damage also contributed to fallen trees and power lines, creating hazardous conditions and interrupting utility services. Roof leaks are an obvious sign that your roof system has sustained storm damage!

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Storm Damage Impacts Murfreesboro Homes

Murfreesboro, a city known for its vibrant community and historical significance, did not escape unscathed. The storm’s path brought significant weather damage to the area, as residents reported numerous instances of roof damage. Emergency services were dispatched to help secure properties and provide immediate assistance to those affected. The city’s response teams worked tirelessly to assess damage and begin the restoration process.

Weather Damage in Residential Areas

The storm hit neighborhoods in Murfreesboro hard, leaving many homeowners to wake up to a yard full of debris. The weather damage varied widely, but the common thread was the need for swift repairs to protect homes from further harm, especially with the unpredictable nature of Tennessee weather.

Storm Damage Hits Columbia

Columbia TN, a quaint community just south of Franklin TN, experienced similar distress. Known for its serene countryside and tight-knit community, the storm damage here was a stark contrast to the usual peace. Tornadoes touched down in various areas causing devastating destruction.

Homeowners faced challenges ranging from broken windows and damaged facades to more significant concerns like compromised structural integrity and complete collapse of various buildings and homes. The county’s emergency management teams were activated, focusing on ensuring the safety of residents and initiating clean-up operations.

Storm Damage in Williamson County

Williamson County, which includes cities like Franklin, College Grove, and Brentwood, also experienced the impact. As assessments began, the extent of the storm damage in Williamson County became apparent. College Grove was hit especially hard with roofs unable to stand up against the large hail that pummeled the area for several minutes. Hail damage to siding, windows, gutters and downspouts, and of course roofs is being reported across the area.

Storm Damage in Williamson County​

The Aftermath in Franklin and Brentwood

In Franklin and Brentwood, areas with a mix of historic properties and new developments, the storm left a clear mark. Property owners were faced with the daunting task of assessing the damage and coordinating with insurance companies and contractors to begin repairs. Downed trees were a common problem in the area.

The Response from Local Authorities

Local authorities in Maury County were quick to respond, setting up command centers and providing resources for affected residents. They offered guidance on how to deal with storm damage, including steps to document the damage for insurance purposes and safety precautions to take when inspecting properties.

The National Weather Service confirmed one fatality and four injuries from the tornado that ripped through eastern Columbia. Heavy storms brought hail, rain, high winds, and flying debris to other parts of Maury County and Middle Tennessee.

Addressing Hail and Roof Damage

With hail and roof damage being some of the most common concerns after the storm, it’s crucial for property owners to understand the best practices for addressing these issues. Storm damaged roofs can lead to water damaged ceilings quickly!

Assessing and Documenting Damage

The first step in dealing with hail and roof damage is to conduct a thorough assessment of your property and roof. It’s important to document all damage with photos and detailed notes, as this information will be vital when filing insurance claims.

Look for signs of roof damage. Check your roof for hail hits and creased or lifted shingles. Chalk the roof vents and soft metals to determine hail damage.

Professional Inspections and Repairs

Professional Inspections and Repairs

For safety and accuracy, professional roof inspections are recommended. Local roofing contractors can evaluate the extent of the damage and determine the most effective course of action for repairs. In many cases, prompt repairs can prevent further damage, such as water leaks leading to interior damage.

It is best to have your roof inspected by a roofing company you trust before filing a claim. A roofing contractor experienced in insurance claims can determine if your damage justifies filing a claim or if you need to make minor roof repairs. Repair or replace your roof is a question they can answer before you file a claim!

Navigating Insurance Claims and Repairs

Dealing with insurance companies can be a complex process, especially in the aftermath of widespread storm damage. Residents should be prepared to navigate the claims process with patience and due diligence. Hiring a contractor who knows how to handle insurance claims can help lower your stress. They can act as your advocate and speak on your behalf to the insurance company.

Understanding Your Coverage

It’s important to review your insurance policy to understand what types of damage are covered. Some policies may have specific provisions for hail and wind damage, while others might have exclusions or limitations. Some policies cover full replacement value and other will depreciate the roof based on age. Hail and wind are generally covered perils with all insurance companies.

Working with Reputable Contractors

When selecting contractors for repairs, it’s essential to choose reputable and licensed professionals. Unfortunately, storms often attract opportunistic contractors who may not provide quality work. Researching and selecting trusted contractors can save time, money, and further headaches down the road.

Look for contractors with a local brick and mortar office and lots of reviews! Out of town contractors can set up shop with a virtual office and leave you hanging after the storm!

Preparing for Future Storms

While the recent storm caused significant damage, including structural damages to some homes, it also serves as a reminder of the importance of being prepared for severe weather. Trim trees and shrubs around your home to reduce the risk of falling branches. Secure outdoor furniture, grills, and other objects that could become projectiles in high winds.

Implementing Preventative Measures

Homeowners can take proactive steps to minimize future storm damage, such as installing impact-resistant Class 4 roofing materials! If your roof sustained storm damage and a full roof replacement is covered by insurance, it is a great opportunity to upgrade your shingles!

Emergency Planning and Resources

The storm that struck Middle Tennessee was a stark reminder of the power of nature and the importance of resilience in the face of adversity. As communities like Murfreesboro, College Grove, and Williamson County begin the process of recovery, the collective effort to rebuild and prepare for the future is a testament to the strength and determination of the region’s residents.

Assessing the damage, navigating insurance claims, and implementing repairs are just the first steps in the journey towards restoration. By working together and learning from these experiences, Middle Tennessee can emerge stronger and more prepared for whatever challenges may come next.

MidSouth Construction is a certified Master Elite Roofing Contractor with extensive experience in insurance claims. We work with all homeowners insurance carriers! When storms impact your home, you can trust us to repair the damage! Contact us for a complimentary roof inspection at 615-712-8893.

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