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Brevard County Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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The chance of earthquake damage in Brevard County is about the same as Florida average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Brevard County is lower than Florida average and is higher than the national average.

Topics:Earthquake IndexVolcano IndexTornado IndexOther Weather Extremes EventsVolcanos NearbyHistorical Earthquake EventsHistorical Tornado Events

Earthquake Index, #17

Brevard County

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, #1

Brevard County

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, #29

Brevard County

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 3,948 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Brevard County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:6Dense Fog:0Drought:0
Dust Storm:0Flood:149Hail:1,321Heat:1Heavy Snow:0
High Surf:0Hurricane:1Ice Storm:0Landslide:0Strong Wind:7
Thunderstorm Winds:1,870Tropical Storm:1Wildfire:20Winter Storm:0Winter Weather:0

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Brevard County.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Brevard County.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Brevard County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 42 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Brevard County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
4.91971-08-04228°16'N / 80°40'W28°14'N / 80°37'W4.10 Miles77 Yards0025K0Brevard
5.21983-03-24228°18'N / 80°51'W28°20'N / 80°43'W8.00 Miles90 Yards0025.0M0Brevard
6.21979-07-09228°19'N / 80°36'W0.50 Mile50 Yards062.5M0Brevard
7.21972-06-19328°22'N / 80°40'W28°26'N / 80°41'W4.90 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Brevard
11.81963-07-11228°28'N / 80°44'W003K0Brevard
12.11964-10-14228°08'N / 80°38'W017250K0Brevard
12.41983-03-07228°07'N / 80°38'W28°10'N / 80°34'W5.00 Miles60 Yards00250K0Brevard
14.41973-01-28228°30'N / 80°48'W28°30'N / 80°43'W5.10 Miles50 Yards0025K0Brevard
14.81983-03-24228°15'N / 81°02'W28°18'N / 80°51'W10.00 Miles90 Yards0025.0M0Osceola
15.11972-03-31228°31'N / 80°42'W2.00 Miles50 Yards0025K0Brevard
16.51972-06-19328°28'N / 80°32'W28°31'N / 80°33'W3.80 Miles100 Yards0232.5M0Brevard
17.91979-09-03228°04'N / 80°34'W2.00 Miles40 Yards002.5M0Brevard
20.02005-10-24228°02'N / 80°34'W28°02'N / 80°34'W0.30 Mile40 Yards00150K0Brevard
 Brief Description: A rainband from Hurricane Wilma moving northwest toward the coast produced an F2 waterspout-tornado that moved on shore and removed the upper floor of a house that was built over a ground level garage. The top half of the structure was blown into US Highway A1A.
22.11972-06-18228°00'N / 80°34'W2.00 Miles100 Yards011250K0Brevard
22.81968-09-12228°37'N / 80°48'W1.50 Miles33 Yards0125K0Brevard
22.81970-03-05328°37'N / 80°48'W1.90 Miles333 Yards072.5M0Brevard
24.41966-04-04428°13'N / 81°32'W28°26'N / 80°40'W54.80 Miles300 Yards0025.0M0Osceola
25.31998-02-23328°24'N / 81°16'W28°29'N / 80°54'W24.00 Miles250 Yards055.0M0Orange
 Brief Description: The Kissimmee tornado moved into Orange County southeast of Orlando International Airport as a category F3. The tornado affected rural swampy areas, striking few structures except for lakeside neighborhoods on the shores of Lake Hart and Lake Mary Jane. The tornado lifted as it approached the St. Johns River on the east central border of Orange County in the Tosohatchee State Preserve.
25.91959-04-02228°39'N / 80°51'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0125K0Brevard
30.21972-03-31228°44'N / 80°45'W1.00 Mile100 Yards01250K0Brevard
37.41970-02-03227°46'N / 80°35'W0025K0Indian River
38.21981-03-19228°14'N / 81°22'W28°15'N / 81°17'W5.40 Miles50 Yards011250K0Osceola
39.11959-04-02228°34'N / 81°16'W19250K0Orange
39.61981-03-18228°40'N / 81°12'W0.50 Mile33 Yards01250K0Seminole
40.01973-01-28228°16'N / 81°28'W28°20'N / 81°15'W14.00 Miles100 Yards072.5M0Osceola
40.81963-11-10227°45'N / 80°27'W2.00 Miles33 Yards003K0Indian River
41.51998-02-23228°51'N / 80°56'W28°54'N / 80°51'W5.00 Miles150 Yards00500K0Volusia
 Brief Description: The same supercell that produced the Sanford tornado produced an F2 tornado that touched down just west of Interstate 95 about 5 miles west of Oak Hill. The tornado moved northeast at 45 mph blowing down trees destroying two barns and damaging 10 mobile homes and 2 houses. The tornado lifted at the town of Ariel at U.S. Highway 1.
41.51998-02-23328°14'N / 81°29'W28°20'N / 81°17'W14.00 Miles250 Yards2514550.0M0Osceola
 Brief Description: The deadliest tornado of the outbreak was a category F3 that touched down initially one mile south of Intercession City. The tornado moved northeast at 45 mph and ripped through the town of Kissimmee killing 25 people. The hardest hit areas were the Morningside Acres mobile home community and the Ponderosa Recreational Vehicle Park. In all eight people were killed in recreational vehicles, fifteen in mobile homes and one in an automobile. The tornado continued northeast and moved into Orange County six miles north of St. Cloud. One hundred and fifty people were injured and over 1000 structures were damaged or destroyed. M1MH, M22MH, M23MH, M30VE, F31MH, F33MH, M38MH, F45MH, F47MH, M50MH, M51VE, M55MH, F64VE, F65MH, F66MH, F67MH, M69VE, F70VE, F71VE, M71VE, M73VE, F75MH, F85VE, M51VE, M33VE
41.81967-06-05228°30'N / 81°21'W0.10 Mile173 Yards002.5M0Orange
42.81950-05-15228°30'N / 81°22'W0025K0Orange
42.91981-03-19328°30'N / 81°25'W28°33'N / 81°18'W8.00 Miles100 Yards012.5M0Orange
43.21983-02-02228°33'N / 81°22'W28°37'N / 81°18'W5.00 Miles50 Yards092.5M0Orange
44.01983-02-02228°33'N / 81°22'W1.00 Mile20 Yards00250K0Orange
44.11998-02-23328°48'N / 81°09'W28°48'N / 81°09'W2.00 Miles200 Yards101.0M0Volusia
 Brief Description: The Sanford tornado crossed into Volusia County near Highway 46 and the St. Johns River where it killed a 53 year old man in a recreational vehicle at a fish camp. The tornado continued northeast for 2 miles and dissipated in a rural part of south Volusia County. M53VE
44.61978-01-08228°38'N / 81°24'W28°45'N / 81°10'W16.30 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Seminole
46.41998-02-23328°42'N / 81°21'W28°48'N / 81°11'W14.00 Miles200 Yards123630.0M0Seminole
 Brief Description: The Seminole County category F3 tornado was produced by the same supercell that produced the Winter Garden tornado. It initially set down near Longwood and moved northeast at 45 mph. The tornado passed through several neighborhhoods in the southeast portion of Sanford killing 12 people in mobile homes and injuring 70. It continued northeast and crossed into Volusia County 5 miles east of Sanford. The near 200 mph winds of the tornado damaged or destroy 625 structures. M9MH, F11MH, F21MH, M23MH, M26MH, M37MH, F39MH, F40MH, M41MH, M49MH, M53PH, M62MH
46.71973-01-28228°31'N / 81°26'W28°32'N / 81°25'W2.70 Miles300 Yards0162.5M0Orange
48.11966-08-23228°48'N / 81°15'W0325K0Seminole
48.11982-04-08228°48'N / 81°16'W28°49'N / 81°13'W3.00 Miles50 Yards010250K0Seminole
49.01978-01-08228°37'N / 81°26'W28°38'N / 81°24'W3.00 Miles200 Yards0232.5M0Orange
49.51996-10-07228°58'N / 80°53'W29°01'N / 80°56'W6.00 Miles400 Yards002.4M0Volusia
 Brief Description: A 400 yard wide F2 tornado-waterspout initally touched down west of Interstate 95, about 1.5 mile south of Florida Highway 442. The tornado moved northeast at 40 mph, crossing the town of Edgewater. It remained in contact with the surface as it moved over the Indian River Lagoon and crossed the barrier island in the southern part of New Smyrna Beach. There were no fatalities or serious injuries reported. One commerical structure and 30 homes were severly damaged. Over 200 homes received minor damage. At least 1 mobile home was destroyed. Damage estimates were near $2.4 million.
49.81972-07-05228°50'N / 81°15'W0.30 Mile50 Yards0025K0Seminole

* 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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