07/03/23 – Strong Thunderstorms and Hail Pound Local Towns in Dakota County

Jul 4, 2023 | Blog, Dakota County, Local News, Storm Damage

A severe thunderstorm, packed with ping-pong-sized hail and violent wind gusts, blasted through the South and South East Twin Cities Metro area on Monday evening delivering straight-line wind damage and forceful squalls capable of producing tornadoes. 

What: Hail

When: Tuesday, July 3, 2023

Where: South and South East Twin Cities Metro area, including towns of Apple Valley, Lakeville, Farmington, Rosemount, and Hastings.

Radar Image for Severe Thunderstorms near Apple Valley, MN at 7/3/2023 9:20 PM CDT

Radar image taken from Interactive Hail Maps: https://www.interactivehailmaps.com/local-hail-map/apple-valley-mn/#prettyPhoto

What It Means For Your Home

A storm of this mighty magnitude caused great damage to homes and businesses as it slowly moved its way across the local area. Hazards in this storm included 60 mph wind gusts and hail the size of quarters up to ping-pong size. People and animals outdoors can become injured when nature screams in this fashion, as well as roofs, siding, and windows in homes.

Hail Concerns

Generally, hail that is greater than 1” in diameter will cause damage to homes and requires a professional inspection. The following can occur with a storm producing hail of this size:

  • Dents in shingles
  • Bruising to underlayment
  • Dents in gutters and fascia
  • Dented and cracked siding

If hail enlarges and becomes more aggressive, then the damages follow suit. In addition to the above issues, homeowners could also have to deal with busted ridge caps, broken siding, broken windows, and dented metal fixtures. 

Thunderstorm Concerns

Thunderstorms can bring hazards such as lightning, hail, strong winds, floods, and also tornados. It is wise to remain indoors and stay protected from the dangers of the storm as it passes through. 

 Understanding the various watches and warnings can help keep your family safe. 

Severe Thunderstorm Watch – Current weather conditions can cause a thunderstorm in the area

Severe Thunderstorm Warning – A thunderstorm has been indicated on the radar in the area

Three-Minute Steady Siren – This is a message to take shelter immediately and listen for further instructions through radio or television.

What to do Now? 

The Dakota County Emergency Management website at https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/HealthFamily/HandlingEmergencies/Disasters/Pages/thunderstorms.aspx  offers helpful information when devastation occurs. This service will activate warning sirens when dangerous weather is imminent. 

Keystone Roofing & Restoration

Keystone Roofing & Restoration faithfully serves the local area with quality workmanship and exceptional customer service complete with inspections, maintenance, repairs, and replacement of roofing, siding, and gutters. If you found yourself facing roof damage from this recent storm, don’t wait any further. Call us today to schedule a free inspection and let us help keep you and your property safe this storm season. 

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