Broward County Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes
The chance of earthquake damage in Broward County is about the same as Florida average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Broward County is higher than Florida average and is higher than the national average.
Earthquake Index, #43
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
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, #13
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 2,352 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Broward County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:
|Dust Storm:||0||Flood:||294||Hail:||489||Heat:||3||Heavy Snow:||0|
|High Surf:||0||Hurricane:||0||Ice Storm:||0||Landslide:||0||Strong Wind:||6|
|Thunderstorm Winds:||860||Tropical Storm:||1||Wildfire:||32||Winter Storm:||0||Winter Weather:||0|
No volcano is found in or near Broward County.
Historical Earthquake Events
No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Broward County.
No historical earthquake events found in or near Broward County.
Historical Tornado Events
A total of 27 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Broward County.
|Distance (miles)||Date||Magnitude||Start Lat/Log||End Lat/Log||Length||Width||Fatalities||Injuries||Property Damage||Crop Damage||Affected County|
|6.3||1983-03-17||2||25°58'N / 80°44'W||26°17'N / 80°05'W||40.00 Miles||60 Yards||0||2||2.5M||0||Broward|
|19.3||1964-10-14||2||26°04'N / 80°12'W||0||0||25K||0||Broward|
|19.9||1972-03-04||2||26°07'N / 80°10'W||2.00 Miles||500 Yards||0||6||250K||0||Broward|
|21.2||1965-02-23||3||26°06'N / 80°10'W||26°10'N / 80°07'W||5.70 Miles||60 Yards||0||6||250K||0||Broward|
|21.3||1956-04-10||3||26°00'N / 80°14'W||26°04'N / 80°08'W||7.80 Miles||200 Yards||0||20||2.5M||0||Broward|
|21.6||1961-05-26||2||26°05'N / 80°09'W||0.50 Mile||50 Yards||0||2||2.5M||0||Broward|
|21.8||1980-03-01||3||26°10'N / 80°10'W||26°15'N / 80°05'W||7.80 Miles||500 Yards||1||33||25.0M||0||Broward|
|22.2||1979-05-24||2||26°06'N / 80°08'W||3.00 Miles||30 Yards||0||2||250K||0||Broward|
|22.3||1971-06-13||2||26°12'N / 80°09'W||26°13'N / 80°05'W||4.50 Miles||50 Yards||0||0||25K||0||Broward|
|23.6||1954-09-22||2||26°01'N / 80°09'W||0||0||3K||0||Broward|
|25.8||1998-02-02||2||25°48'N / 80°17'W||25°56'N / 80°16'W||14.00 Miles||200 Yards||0||6||175.0M||0||Miami-dade|
|Brief Description: At 2022 est f1-f2 tornado touched down nw 36th st/curtis parkway damaging about 12 planes at mia international airport. The mia asos recorded a gust of 90 knots. The f2 tornado crossed through virginia gardens and south miami springs in a 100-200 yard path damaging many buildings and hurling a 2 by 4 board through an apartment door. Showing f1 intensity the tornado continued through miami springs uprooting trees and damaging roof tops. At 2027 est the tornado intensified to f2 into south hialeah severly damaging structures. the tornado weakened to f1 near hialeah race track and the path widened to one to three miles...with indications of three or four individual tornadoes of f1 intensity moving in tandem to the north.. at 2031 est the main tornado reintensified to f2 status as it approached opa locka airport severly damaging the roof of the ups facility then damaging or destroying 140 aircraft and a hangar at the airport blowing some debris nearly a half mile. The tornadoes weakened to f1 status as they moved through carol city damaging homes and utility poles. ...a developing low pressure over the north gulf of mexico resulted in a tightening pressure gradient over south florida and adjacent waters. Southeast winds sustained at gale force with higher gusts occurred through most of 02/02/98. A pre-frontal trough of low pressure developed over the southeastern gulf of mexico early 02/02/98. This resulted in a highly unstable airmass which was lifted by strong mid and upper level jets by late afternoon. Tornado and severe thunderstorm producing storms moved through the florida keys between 1530 And 1930 est. The thunderstorms moved over south florida between 1930 and 2130 est. The culmination of gail force winds...several severe thunderstorms and two tornadoes resulted in widespread damage in the florida keys. Trees...power lines and light poles were down most locations south of key largo. Some minor coastal flooding occurred. Boats were capsized and docks were damaged. A support buoy for an underwater lab was dislodged and drifted ashore. Fema reported one house completely destroyed and 23 homes damaged. Several businesses were damaged. Extensive damage occurred to the fishing industry primarilly loss of lobster traps.|
|26.7||1968-02-19||2||25°55'N / 80°12'W||25°57'N / 80°07'W||5.70 Miles||100 Yards||0||21||2.5M||0||Miami-dade|
|26.9||1958-03-18||2||26°28'N / 80°10'W||0||0||3K||0||Palm Beach|
|26.9||1983-03-17||2||25°55'N / 80°53'W||25°58'N / 80°44'W||10.00 Miles||60 Yards||0||0||2.5M||0||Miami-dade|
|30.6||1971-06-22||2||25°48'N / 80°15'W||2.00 Miles||200 Yards||0||0||25K||0||Miami-dade|
|30.8||1959-06-17||3||25°44'N / 80°17'W||25°53'N / 80°10'W||12.70 Miles||333 Yards||0||77||2.5M||0||Miami-dade|
|31.6||1964-10-14||2||26°28'N / 80°04'W||0||22||250K||0||Palm Beach|
|31.6||1970-07-22||2||26°28'N / 80°04'W||0||0||0K||0||Palm Beach|
|33.2||1983-03-17||2||25°54'N / 80°56'W||25°55'N / 80°53'W||2.50 Miles||60 Yards||0||0||2.5M||0||Collier|
|33.4||2004-08-13||2||26°09'N / 80°56'W||26°45'N / 80°56'W||42.00 Miles||100 Yards||0||0||50K||0||Hendry|
|Brief Description: A long-track supercell tornado, associated with a rainband of Hurricane Charley, moved across the open Everglades before striking a building in Clewiston.|
|33.7||2008-08-19||2||26°37'N / 80°13'W||26°39'N / 80°16'W||3.00 Miles||100 Yards||0||0||1.3M||0K||Palm Beach|
|Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Tornado moved through a number of Equine Farms and Polo Grounds as well as two subdivisions in Wellington. Worst damage was to Palm Beach Equine Clinic, 13125 Southfield Road, where roofs were blown off of stables, power poles snapped, and many trees down in criss-crossing patterns. The Equine Veterinary roof was more than 95 percent detiled, a heavy trailer was tossed about 40 yards from its previous location northwest of the International Polo Club, and an apartment home roof near Folkstone Circle was about 70 percent detiled. Maximum estimated wind speed was around 115 MPH. Most of the track was around 70 to 80 yards wide, but at the widest point the tornado was around 100 yards in width. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Tropical Storm Fay affected South Florida on the 18th and 19th of August. The storm made landfall early in the morning of the 19th near Cape Romano, and moved over inland sections of South Florida during the morning and afternoon hours of the 19th, exiting the area near Lake Okeechobee. Fay caused tropical storm force winds, significant rainfall flooding in some areas, as well as two confirmed tornadoes.|
|33.9||1965-03-14||2||26°33'N / 80°06'W||0||0||25K||0||Palm Beach|
|34.1||2003-03-27||2||25°46'N / 80°12'W||25°46'N / 80°12'W||6.00 Miles||600 Yards||1||14||8.0M||0||Miami-dade|
|Brief Description: The tornado initially touched down in East Hialeah, near NE 2nd Street and E 4th Avenue causing F0 damage to foliage. The tornado strengthened to F1 intensity as it moved east across E 9th Avenue. It achieved a maximum intensity of F2 with a maximum width of one third mile in an area from NW 37th to 27th Avenues in the Brownsville area. The intensity decreased to F1 as it moved east through Liberty City. The intensity further decreased to F0 as the tornado turned northeast and lifted just before entering Biscayne Bay near NE 70th Street. F1 to F2 damage began in an industrial area where several warehouse roofs were damaged. One large free-span roof was nearly completely torn off. Several semi-tractor trailers, apparently empty, were toppled, one of which fell onto two cars, crushing them. The tornado moved through a residential area known as Brownsville, heavily damaging 60 houses. At one of the homes, a 65-year old male who was sitting in this house was killed when debris penetrated the structure. His wife who took shelter in the bathroom was uninjured. A total of 343 other structures sustained damage, mostly to roofs and windows. Several vehicles were rolled over. Numerous utility poles were broken, large trees were uprooted and signs were downed. M65PH|
|42.0||1983-08-08||2||26°42'N / 80°06'W||0.30 Mile||70 Yards||0||2||2.5M||0||Palm Beach|
|42.9||1979-01-13||2||26°41'N / 80°03'W||1.00 Mile||50 Yards||0||0||2.5M||0||Palm Beach|
|48.2||1958-10-19||3||26°49'N / 80°40'W||26°57'N / 80°32'W||12.40 Miles||440 Yards||1||24||250K||0||Palm Beach|
|49.7||1968-11-09||2||26°27'N / 81°16'W||26°30'N / 81°10'W||7.20 Miles||100 Yards||0||0||25K||0||Hendry|
* 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.