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The chance of earthquake damage in Cheat Lake is about the same as West Virginia average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Cheat Lake is higher than West Virginia average and is lower than the national average.

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

Earthquake Index, #800

Cheat Lake, WV
0.00
West Virginia
0.06
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, #1

Cheat Lake, WV
0.0000
West Virginia
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, #37

Cheat Lake, WV
70.35
West Virginia
34.13
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 3,244 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Cheat Lake, WV were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:3Cold:16Dense Fog:0Drought:9
Dust Storm:0Flood:711Hail:558Heat:0Heavy Snow:101
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:26Landslide:0Strong Wind:73
Thunderstorm Winds:1,628Tropical Storm:1Wildfire:0Winter Storm:40Winter Weather:1
Other:77 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Cheat Lake, WV.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Cheat Lake, WV.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Cheat Lake, WV.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 30 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Cheat Lake, WV.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
8.11971-07-13239°46'N / 79°50'W39°42'N / 79°37'W12.20 Miles70 Yards04250K0Fayette
10.31980-06-03339°32'N / 79°54'W39°30'N / 79°52'W2.30 Miles150 Yards002.5M0Monongalia
13.61998-06-02239°45'N / 79°39'W39°43'N / 79°34'W5.00 Miles300 Yards003.0M2.0MFayette
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado passed southeast through southern Fayette County PA, the northeast tip of Preston County WV, and into northwest Garrett County MD. The total length of the tornado as it passed across these three counties was 12 miles. Damage included a completely destroyed dairy barn, two completely destroyed house trailers, and at least 21 other structures heavily damaged, many with roofs partially or completely peeled off. Several cows were killed, with one cow thrown through the air over 100 yards. A clearly visible 300-yard wide, 1-mile long swath of trees which were completely sheared/uprooted was present near the Pennsylvania/West Virginia state border. One Fayette County official estimated at least two million dollars damage in lost timber alone in that county. Despite the damage, interviews with law enforcement officials, paramedics and local residents revealed no injuries occurred.
14.11971-07-13239°42'N / 79°37'W39°40'N / 79°33'W3.80 Miles100 Yards0025K0Fayette
17.31998-06-02239°43'N / 79°33'W39°40'N / 79°30'W4.00 Miles300 Yards005.0M2.0MPreston
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado passed southeast through southern Fayette County PA, the northeast tip of Preston County WV, and into northwest Garrett County MD. The total length of the tornado as it passed across these three counties was 12 miles. Damage in Preston County included a completely destroyed dairy barn, two completely destroyed house trailers, and at least 21 other structures heavily damaged, many with roofs partially or completely peeled off. Several cows were killed, with one cow thrown through the air over 100 yards. A clearly visible 300-yard wide, 1-mile long swath of trees which were completely sheared/uprooted was present near the Pennsylvania/West Virginia state border. One Fayette County official estimated at least two million dollars damage in lost timber alone in that county. Despite the damage, interviews with law enforcement officials, paramedics and local residents revealed no injuries occurred.
17.91980-06-03339°30'N / 79°52'W39°23'N / 79°29'W21.90 Miles33 Yards0152.5M0Preston
18.51986-10-01239°55'N / 79°45'W39°54'N / 79°40'W4.50 Miles100 Yards022.5M0Fayette
19.91998-06-02239°40'N / 79°30'W39°38'N / 79°27'W3.00 Miles300 Yards001.0M0Garrett
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado passed southeast through southern Fayette County PA, the northeast tip of Preston County WV, and into northwest Garrett County MD. The total length of the tornado as it passed across these three counties was 12 miles. Damage included a completely destroyed dairy barn, two completely destroyed house trailers, and at least 21 other structures heavily damaged, many with roofs partially or completely peeled off. Several cows were killed, with one cow thrown through the air over 100 yards. A clearly visible 300-yard wide, 1-mile long swath of trees which were completely sheared/uprooted was present near the Pennsylvania/West Virginia state border. One Fayette County official estimated at least two million dollars damage in lost timber alone in that county. Despite the damage, interviews with law enforcement officials, paramedics and local residents revealed no injuries occurred.
23.41977-06-20239°29'N / 79°33'W39°24'N / 79°29'W6.60 Miles50 Yards05250K0Preston
26.01967-05-07239°20'N / 80°05'W0025K0Taylor
28.01968-06-25239°51'N / 80°19'W01250K0Greene
28.11977-06-20239°24'N / 79°29'W39°22'N / 79°27'W1.90 Miles50 Yards0025K0Garrett
28.21981-06-21239°32'N / 80°21'W1.00 Mile10 Yards00250K0Marion
30.11980-06-03339°23'N / 79°29'W39°21'N / 79°23'W5.60 Miles117 Yards04250K0Garrett
31.31970-08-22239°18'N / 80°12'W1.00 Mile127 Yards002.5M0Harrison
32.21965-11-16240°05'N / 79°37'W40°06'N / 79°36'W03250K0Westmoreland
33.61967-05-19339°23'N / 79°20'W0.30 Mile33 Yards1025K0Garrett
33.61965-11-16240°06'N / 79°36'W40°07'N / 79°35'W03250K0Fayette
35.11990-06-30240°07'N / 80°09'W0.20 Mile250 Yards0025K0Washington
38.41998-06-02239°51'N / 79°14'W39°46'N / 79°04'W15.00 Miles880 Yards0000Somerset
 Brief Description: This F2 tornado was the first of two tornadoes to cross southern Somerset County on the evening of June 2. It would cross the path of the May 31st tornado that struck Salisbury. The tornado initially touched down about 4 miles southeast of Markleton, then tracked southeast for 12 miles across the Boynton area and ended in Pocahontas crossing the May 31st track about 6 miles east of Salisbury. The town of Boynton was hard hit, but most of the remaining damage in Pennsylvania was to trees. A carpentry shop near Pocahontas that had been destroyed by the May 31st tornado on Sunday was already being rebuilt by Amish farmers when the framing was blown over by this tornado. There were no deaths or injuries. See additional details in the Seven Springs to Frostburg tornado that paralleled the track of this storm just two hours later.
40.51998-06-02340°03'N / 79°13'W39°45'N / 79°05'W26.00 Miles1760 Yards0000Somerset
 Brief Description: The second tornado of the evening, and the third to strike Somerset County in 3 days, this F3 was by far the longest and strongest of the trio. The storm created a path of damage 33 or more miles long, from Fayette County southeast across southern Somerset County into Maryland. The tornado crossed into Somerset County just southwest of the Seven Springs resort, tracked 26 miles across the county to the Maryland state line, 5 miles southeast of Salisbury. From there, the tornado continued southeast for more than 5 miles to Frostburg, Maryland. It, too, would cross the path of the May 31st storm, just 3 miles east of Salisbury. In some locations, the tornado was up to one mile wide. Damage from this tornado was rated at F3 on the fujita scale, with winds of 158 to 206 mph. Many farms were completely destroyed as this tornado moved through generally rural areas in southern Somerset County. A family in Laurel Falls near Summit Mills and St. Paul took shelter in a basement corner behind a television set. As the twister passed, they looked up to find all three stories of their house were gone, along with eight rows of foundation blocks. A battery operated clock found the next morning had stopped at 9:38 p.m. A neighbor told of losing electricity, then getting a phone call from his brother to warn him. He and his family took shelter in a hall closet because they had no basement. They told of hearing a buzzing noise like a giant bee's nest. Another neighbor found her mobile home flipped on its roof after taking shelter at her son's house. When the first tornado of the evening missed a Laurel Falls family mobile home, they proceeded to a neighbor's home. The second storm blew the trailer off its foundation. Residents of Boynton were cleaning up trees with chainsaws and front end loaders from the first tornado around 7:30pm when firefighters came by and told them to get back inside because another tornado was on its way. The second tornado broke all the windows from one house, ripped the roof off another and a barn. One person told of seeking shelter from rain in a shed when the first tornado passed, then going to the home basement when the second came through, mentioning that she was unable to pull the basement door shut behind her. The shed disappeared during the second storm. Estimated damage from the Tuesday evening tornadoes included 30 to 40 properties, including permanent and seasonal residences and farms. There were no deaths or injuries from this severe tornado. However, over 100 head of cattle were killed in one barn alone, which was completely destroyed. Many other farms lost tens of cattle and other livestock.
41.41954-06-26240°15'N / 79°41'W0425K0Westmoreland
43.41983-05-22240°17'N / 79°53'W40°18'N / 79°47'W5.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Allegheny
44.11998-05-31339°45'N / 79°05'W39°44'N / 78°58'W13.00 Miles880 Yards1154.0M0Somerset
 Brief Description: The tornado touched down just east of Mt. Davis and traveled east-southeast into downtown Salisbury. The storm then continued eastward for 8 miles ending east of the town of Pocahontas. The tornado was rated as an F2 (113 to 157 mph) through the town of Salisbury, but probably reached F3 (158 to 206 mph) intensity briefly near Pocohontas. Along the 15 mile path, damages were estimated to reach between $3 million to $4 million. The path length of the tornado was probably close to 15 miles. F0 damage (40-72 mph) was in a swath about 1/2 mile wide, with F2 damage confined to an area about 2 blocks wide in Salisbury. Near Pocohontas, a farmhouse was completely destroyed indicating winds of F3 intensity (158 to 206 mph) in an area about 50 yards wide. Fifteen people were injured from the tornado. One person, a 13 year old female in a van, lost her life when a tree fell onto the vehicle. 150 people were sheltered overnight Sunday. A 51-year old male and 15-year old female died from carbon monoxide poisoning when a portable generator malfunctioned 3 days after the event. The tornado struck downtown Salisbury around 8:50pm. Ten to fifteen businesses were significantly damaged. Siding and parts of roofs were removed from a number of homes, and part of a roof was removed from a church. The roof was completely ripped off of a furniture factory. Several tractor trailers at the factory were overturned. F13VE
45.11963-08-03340°19'N / 79°53'W27025.0M0Allegheny
46.41983-05-22240°18'N / 79°47'W40°20'N / 79°30'W14.00 Miles200 Yards062.5M0Westmoreland
46.71964-06-15240°18'N / 79°33'W2.00 Miles800 Yards04250K0Westmoreland
47.91998-06-02239°44'N / 78°58'W39°42'N / 78°56'W2.50 Miles700 Yards00500K0Garrett
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado passed through the town of Finzel in extreme northeast Garrett County. Several buildings were destroyed, including a small house and cinder-block garage. This tornado actually began in extreme eastern Fayette County, PA and was on the ground for 33 miles before ending in in Allegany County, MD.
48.61956-05-13240°22'N / 79°52'W0.70 Mile200 Yards05250K0Allegheny
49.71975-06-04240°35'N / 80°13'W40°11'N / 79°32'W45.30 Miles30 Yards000K0Beaver


* 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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