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Athens, Clarke County Metro Area Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

 

The chance of earthquake damage in Athens, Clarke County Area is about the same as Georgia average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Athens, Clarke County Area is lower than Georgia average and is about the same as the national average.

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Earthquake Index, #419

Athens, Clarke County Area
0.07
Georgia
0.08
U.S.
1.81

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #129

Athens, Clarke County Area
0.0000
Georgia
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #470

Athens, Clarke County Area
145.65
Georgia
179.92
U.S.
136.45

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 15,360 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Athens, Clarke County Area were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:35Dense Fog:6Drought:101
Dust Storm:0Flood:830Hail:5,021Heat:26Heavy Snow:70
High Surf:0Hurricane:11Ice Storm:38Landslide:0Strong Wind:113
Thunderstorm Winds:7,705Tropical Storm:23Wildfire:4Winter Storm:64Winter Weather:81
Other:1,232 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Athens, Clarke County Area.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 1 historical earthquake event that had a recorded magnitude of 3.5 or above found in or near Athens, Clarke County Area.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
41.81974-08-024.9133.87-82.49

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 50 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Athens, Clarke County Area.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
2.81966-02-13233°53'N / 83°10'W33°59'N / 83°10'W6.90 Miles400 Yards01250K0Oglethorpe
4.41973-03-31233°59'N / 83°16'W34°01'N / 83°14'W3.30 Miles500 Yards00250.0M0Oglethorpe
8.81973-03-31233°55'N / 83°28'W33°59'N / 83°16'W12.40 Miles500 Yards150250.0M0Clarke
9.71976-05-28233°57'N / 83°23'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0025K0Clarke
11.61973-05-28333°56'N / 83°30'W33°58'N / 83°20'W9.80 Miles100 Yards16525.0M0Clarke
13.61954-03-31234°07'N / 83°14'W34°09'N / 83°04'W9.80 Miles200 Yards05250K0Madison
18.11973-03-31233°53'N / 83°35'W33°55'N / 83°28'W7.20 Miles500 Yards00250.0M0Oconee
19.21954-03-31234°09'N / 83°04'W34°10'N / 82°56'W7.70 Miles200 Yards020250K0Elbert
20.12003-05-06234°13'N / 83°06'W34°12'N / 83°02'W4.00 Miles200 Yards012200K0Elbert
 Brief Description: This tornado moved from Madison County into northwest Elbert County and intensified, destroying or severely damaging several houses and mobile homes. A parked car was also flipped before the tornado lifted.
20.41973-05-28333°52'N / 83°38'W33°56'N / 83°30'W8.90 Miles200 Yards0025.0M0Walton
23.72004-09-16234°17'N / 83°09'W34°17'N / 83°09'W2.00 Miles60 Yards001.1M0Franklin
 Brief Description: This tornado moved north across the town of Franklin Springs, damaging or destroying numerous structures along its 3-mile path. The city government building and the fire and police stations incurred significant damage, as did approximately 25 residences. Several large chicken houses were also destroyed.
25.32004-09-16234°17'N / 83°16'W34°20'N / 83°16'W5.50 Miles50 Yards1175K0Franklin
 Brief Description: This tornado touched down west of Franklin Springs, then moved north-northwest, damaging several homes, businesses, and vehicles as it tracked toward Carnesville. Numerous trees and power lines were also blown down. A 38-year-old woman was killed when the vehicle she was driving was hit by a falling tree. A passenger in the vehicle received minor injuries. F38VE
25.81970-04-09234°18'N / 83°08'W34°19'N / 83°06'W2.30 Miles400 Yards00250K0Franklin
26.81966-05-01234°12'N / 83°34'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0025K0Jackson
28.51952-02-29234°07'N / 83°40'W0.20 Mile17 Yards0525K0Jackson
28.91976-05-14234°15'N / 83°34'W34°15'N / 83°33'W1.90 Miles160 Yards000K0Jackson
29.91976-05-14234°15'N / 83°33'W34°20'N / 83°30'W6.50 Miles160 Yards02250K0Banks
31.81970-04-02234°18'N / 82°56'W34°21'N / 82°52'W5.20 Miles100 Yards0225K0Hart
32.12008-03-15234°00'N / 82°43'W34°01'N / 82°36'W8.00 Miles100 Yards00100K0KElbert
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: NWS survey found a tornado damage track in far southern and southeast Elbert County. The tornado, which was spawned from a supercell, touched down southeast of Fortsonia near the intersection of River Rd and Flatwoods Rd. As the tornado tracked east along River Rd, damage was mainly confined to trees and power lines. The tornado began to take on a more east/southeast track near the intersection of River Rd and Balchin Rd, remaining just north of the Wilkes County line. Intensification occurred just west of highway 79 near its intersection with Cooter Creek Rd. The tornado continued to track east southeast, snapping or uprooting numerous trees between Cooter Creek Rd and the Broad River. Two homes received heavy roof damage consistent with EF2 intensity on Bramblett Circle along the Broad River. A boat dock was also lifted and tossed 25 feet in this area. The tornado continued to blow down trees before finally lifting in Bobby Brown State Park in the extreme southeast corner of the county. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Several supercell thunderstorms affected the mountains and foothills of extreme northeast Georgia during the afternoon and early evening hours. Very large hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes accompanied the storms.
32.21952-02-29234°24'N / 83°20'W34°25'N / 83°12'W7.80 Miles77 Yards0025K0Franklin
32.41973-03-31233°45'N / 83°56'W33°53'N / 83°35'W22.10 Miles500 Yards150250.0M0Walton
33.51952-02-29234°22'N / 83°35'W34°22'N / 83°25'W9.40 Miles300 Yards03250K0Banks
33.71989-04-04234°26'N / 83°27'W34°21'N / 83°27'W5.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Banks
33.82009-04-10234°25'N / 83°16'W34°27'N / 83°07'W10.00 Miles200 Yards000K0KFranklin
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado damage path began near Farmers Academy Rd, about 0.5 mile south of highway 106. The tornado crossed Red Hill School Rd, where some outbuildings were destroyed and a couple of mobile homes received minor roof damage. As the tornado continued northeast, some frame homes on highway 106 received minor roof damage. The most significant damage occurred on Crumps Bridge Rd, where one large chicken house was completely destroyed, and several others received major damage. The tornado continued to move northeast, uprooting or snapping off numerous trees as it crossed highway 145 and Greater Hope Rd. From there, the tornado began to move in a more east/northeast direction, continuing to blow down trees as it moved roughly parallel to North Clarks Creek Rd. As the tornado crossed Hulsey Rd, roofs were blown off the wood frame addition to a mobile home and a barn. After the tornado crossed highway 17 and Pleasant Hill Circle, it continued to turn more to the right, traveling due east near the to Wilson Rd, where a mobile home was moved off its foundation, and the steel siding and some roofing material was blown off a building. The tornado continued to travel east, or even east/southeast, before lifting in the Gerrard Rd area. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Supercell thunderstorms moved into extreme northeast Georgia in the early evening hours. Tornadoes were spawned by the supercells. There was also quite a bit of large hail and straight-line wind damage.
34.31965-03-23233°28'N / 83°02'W33°30'N / 82°57'W5.20 Miles150 Yards0025K0Greene
35.02009-02-18333°40'N / 82°52'W33°38'N / 82°34'W17.00 Miles880 Yards00300K0KWilkes
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service Forecast office in Columbia, South Carolina, confirmed that an EF3 tornado had tracked across far southern Wilkes county causing considerable damage along its path. The tornado continued its east-southeastward track into extreme northeastern McDuffie county. The total tornado path length was 18.6 miles. The tornado initially touched down in the Tyrone community in southwest Washington county. Here a cinder block home was completely destroyed with the cinder block debris blown downstream nearly 1/2 mile. Fifteen other homes along the path of the tornado sustained moderate to major damage from the tornado. Nineteen outbuildings and a commercial chicken house was destroyed. In addition, a steeple was blown off a church and a 2-ton truck was moved 60 feet. The maximum path width was approximately 1/2 mile with maximum winds estimated to be 160 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong cold front accompanied and deep negatively tilted upper trough through the eastern U.S. from the 18th into the 19th. An unseasonably warm and unstable air mass developed in advance of the cold front during the late afternoon and early evening across north and central Georgia as warm, moist air rode northward into Georgia on a strong low-level jet. Afternoon temperatures in the 70s and dewpoints in the 60s, combined with strong shear and moderate instability, resulted in the development of numerous supercell thunderstorms from mid-afternoon until a few hours after midnight on the 19th. Ten tornadoes, ranging in scale from EF0 to EF3 tracked across several north and central Georgia counties. The worst tornadoes affected the east central Georgia counties of Jasper, Putnam, Hancock, and Jasper. A death was observed in Hancock county with an EF3 tornado and several injuries were reported from Putnam and Hancock counties. In addition to the tornadoes, very large hail occurred with several of the thunderstorms, including four-inch diameter hail in Coweta and Fayette counties just south of Atlanta. Numerous reports of golf ball and larger-sized hail were received. The event resulted in millions of dollars of damage and the destruction of several homes in north and central Georgia counties.
35.11992-11-22433°25'N / 83°12'W33°28'N / 83°02'W12.00 Miles867 Yards1312.5M0Greene
37.91965-07-11233°30'N / 83°35'W33°33'N / 83°42'W7.40 Miles33 Yards0025K0Newton
39.51970-01-29234°00'N / 83°54'W0.50 Mile33 Yards0025K0Gwinnett
40.41976-05-14234°28'N / 83°32'W1.00 Mile50 Yards00250K0Habersham
40.71967-03-06233°27'N / 83°36'W0.80 Mile150 Yards0025K0Jasper
40.81973-12-13334°18'N / 83°52'W34°18'N / 83°42'W9.50 Miles200 Yards0212.5M0Hall
41.82010-11-30234°02'N / 83°57'W34°04'N / 83°55'W2.00 Miles100 Yards005.0M0KGwinnett
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City, Georgia confirmed that an EF2 tornado touched down near Holland Park Drive in east central Gwinnett county, or about five miles northwest of Dacula. The tornado then tracked slightly over two miles to the north-northeast between Mountain View High School and Twin Rivers Middle School before lifting just east of the intersection of Gravel Springs Road and Interstate-85. The tornado was determined to have a path width of 300 yards with maximum wind gusts of 130 mph. Extensive damage was observed to homes mainly in the Kirkstone Subdivision of Buford. A total of 56 homes and one business along the path of the tornado sustained at least minor damage. Of these, 15 to 20 homes sustained major damage or were destroyed and thus were declared uninhabitable. One of these homes collapsed on itself. Damage to homes and property was estimated by the state insurance commissioner to exceed $5 million. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A deep full-latitude upper trough was sweeping from the central into the eastern U.S. The trough brought a quick transition to the eastern U.S. from mild fall temperatures to an extended period of well below normal temperatures. As the trough swept through the southeastern U.S. on November 30th, it took on a significant negative tilt. Although only marginal instability was noted because of extensive pre-frontal cloud cover and light to moderate rain showers, a strong 50-60kt low-level jet accompanied the trough as it rotated through Georgia during the afternoon of November 30th. This was sufficient combined with minimal instability (CAPE) in place at the time to support the development of a fairly well marked, yet very narrow, quasi-linear convective system (QLCS) which spawned two tornadoes, one an EF2 causing extensive damage to homes in Gwinnett county, and another weaker tornado in Henry county. In addition, the squall line or QLCS also produced numerous damaging wind events across north and central Georgia.
42.01974-04-08334°25'N / 82°45'W1.00 Mile100 Yards003K0Anderson
42.21989-04-04234°25'N / 83°46'W34°22'N / 83°40'W7.50 Miles50 Yards0025K0Hall
42.41976-05-28233°53'N / 83°57'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0025K0Gwinnett
43.21973-11-21234°34'N / 83°17'W0025K0Stephens
44.61998-05-07233°46'N / 82°28'W33°46'N / 82°28'W1.00 Mile200 Yards08300K0Lincoln
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado hit the Pine Woods subdivision destryoing 12 homes and causing major damage to 15 homes and minor damage to 8 homes.
44.71966-12-10234°35'N / 83°20'W0.50 Mile500 Yards003K0Stephens
44.91989-05-05234°33'N / 83°19'W34°38'N / 83°14'W6.00 Miles300 Yards0152.5M0Stephens
44.91992-11-22433°11'N / 83°27'W33°25'N / 83°12'W20.00 Miles867 Yards45525.0M0Putnam
45.11989-04-04234°30'N / 83°34'W34°36'N / 83°27'W8.00 Miles50 Yards032.5M0Habersham
45.51989-10-01233°42'N / 83°57'W2.00 Miles300 Yards00250K0Rockdale
46.01989-04-04234°10'N / 84°00'W34°09'N / 83°57'W3.30 Miles50 Yards00250K0Hall
47.71973-03-31434°05'N / 82°34'W34°15'N / 82°17'W19.90 Miles200 Yards7302.5M0Abbeville
48.82009-04-10234°11'N / 82°28'W34°10'N / 82°21'W7.00 Miles300 Yards021.0M0KAbbeville
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: NWS survey found an extensive area of damage in the city of Abbeville consistent with a strong EF2 tornado. The tornado began near the intersection of highway 71 and Rock Hill Rd before moving east/southeast through the city of Abbeville. The main areas affected in the city were Church Street, McGowan, Ave, Main St, and especially Secession Ave. The roofs were blown off about a half dozen frame homes in the city, while numerous mobile homes were heavily damaged or destroyed. A few other office buildings and businesses received major roof damage in this area. Numerous trees were snapped off or uprooted along the path. One tree fell through a home, injuring the man inside. Another man caught outside received head injuries from flying debris. The tornado lifted about a mile east/southeast of the city. The tornado was produced by a supercell embedded in a line of rapidly moving storms. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Supercell thunderstorms moved into the western upstate in the early evening hours. As the evening progressed, the supercells tended to evolve into a series of bow echoes. Tornadoes were spawned by the supercells and the resultant bow echoes. There was also quite a bit of large hail and straight-line wind damage in places as well. The most significant damage occurred in Greenwood and Abbeville Counties, though tornadoes also caused damage in parts of Anderson and Union Counties as well.
49.12009-04-10333°17'N / 82°56'W33°18'N / 82°49'W7.00 Miles880 Yards01500K250KHancock
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City, Georgia confirmed that yet a third tornado touched down in Hancock county within a 15 minute period of time. However, this tornado was determined to be an EF3 tornado. This tornado touched down about halfway between Sparta and Culverton in east central Hancock county. The tornado was determined to have a maximum path width of 1/2 mile with maximum winds of 160 mph. Much of the damage occurred along Dunn and Hickory Grove Roads. Along the path of the tornado, one 4000 square foot site-built home was completely destroyed. The debris from the home was scattered across an area up to 400 feet downstream. A resident of this home suffered serious injuries. Another nearby double-wide mobile home was also completely destroyed. Two other nearby homes on Dunn suffered minor damage and two additional homes on Youngblood Road toward Jewell suffered extensive roof damage. A swath of 116 mature pecan trees at a pecan orchard on Hickory Grove road were flattened. These were owned by a resident adjacent to one of the damaged homes on Hickory Grove Road. One of the homeowners also lost a Shetland pony during the tornado. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A vigorous upper closed low was moving from the mid-south and Mississippi valley region into the mid-Atlantic and southeast U.S. A strong cold front accompanied the upper system. A strong low-level jet in advance of these weather systems transported warm, moist Gulf air northward into the region. With strong dynamics, hence shear, combined with an unusually moist, unstable atmosphere, the atmosphere was primed for a major weather outbreak. One round of thunderstorms passed through north Georgia during the early morning hours. A few minor severe weather events accompanied this system in northwest Georgia. Partial clearing followed the morning convection, allowing temperatures to soar into the mid 70s across much of north and central Georgia in advance of the main weather system. Scattered to numerous discrete supercell thunderstorms developed during mid-afternoon in northwest Georgia and progressed east and southeast across the remaining portions of the county warning area during the evening hours. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes lingered into the early morning hours of the 11th across the southern counties of central Georgia. During the eight hour period from 5 pm EDT on April 10th to 1 am EDT on April 11th, a total of 14 tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down in north and central Georgia causing millions in damages. While some injuries were observed, no deaths were observed.
49.21973-11-21234°29'N / 82°39'W0.30 Mile50 Yards0025K0Anderson
49.51992-11-22333°41'N / 82°29'W33°49'N / 82°17'W5.00 Miles50 Yards00250K0Lincoln
49.91989-05-05234°38'N / 83°14'W34°42'N / 83°12'W4.50 Miles73 Yards0025K0Oconee


* The information on this page is based on the global volcano database, the U.S. earthquake database of 1638-1985, and the U.S. Tornado and Weather Extremes database of 1950-2010.


 
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