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The chance of earthquake damage in Gadsden County is about the same as Florida average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Gadsden 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, #44

Gadsden County
0.00
Florida
0.01
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

Gadsden County
0.0000
Florida
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, #23

Gadsden County
168.71
Florida
185.89
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 4,767 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Gadsden County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:28Dense Fog:46Drought:31
Dust Storm:0Flood:244Hail:1,011Heat:10Heavy Snow:19
High Surf:0Hurricane:18Ice Storm:9Landslide:0Strong Wind:32
Thunderstorm Winds:2,909Tropical Storm:34Wildfire:42Winter Storm:7Winter Weather:21
Other:306 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Gadsden County.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Gadsden County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 59 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Gadsden County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
0.81969-12-25230°35'N / 84°36'W00250K0Gadsden
1.61972-10-27230°36'N / 84°36'W0.30 Mile50 Yards0025K0Gadsden
1.81967-06-01230°35'N / 84°35'W0.30 Mile33 Yards0025K0Gadsden
2.31957-11-14230°36'N / 84°35'W0.70 Mile33 Yards003K0Gadsden
2.61972-10-27230°37'N / 84°37'W0.30 Mile50 Yards0025K0Gadsden
2.91970-06-27230°37'N / 84°38'W0.80 Mile450 Yards003K0Gadsden
7.61961-11-23230°29'N / 84°33'W00250K0Gadsden
10.91972-01-13230°44'N / 84°39'W2.00 Miles300 Yards0325K0Decatur
11.11961-06-20230°35'N / 84°48'W0.50 Mile33 Yards00250K0Gadsden
11.91968-12-28330°45'N / 84°38'W0.50 Mile100 Yards0025K0Decatur
14.01974-01-30230°39'N / 84°25'W30°39'N / 84°22'W3.30 Miles100 Yards14250K0Gadsden
14.11972-10-27230°45'N / 84°29'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00250K0Decatur
16.51973-04-26230°49'N / 84°39'W00250K0Decatur
17.01972-03-28230°24'N / 84°25'W0.20 Mile50 Yards0025K0Leon
19.11969-04-18230°48'N / 84°48'W30°49'N / 84°47'W1.90 Miles233 Yards0025K0Seminole
20.21960-04-10230°28'N / 84°18'W0.10 Mile77 Yards003K0Leon
20.71972-03-28230°24'N / 84°20'W0.20 Mile50 Yards0025K0Leon
21.01970-05-15230°53'N / 84°36'W0.40 Mile40 Yards00250K0Decatur
21.32001-03-15230°50'N / 84°25'W30°50'N / 84°24'W1.00 Mile200 Yards04500K0Decatur
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado touched down on Fewell Road in the Bell Dixon Community and tracked northeast into western Grady County. Debris was scattered over a wide area. Four persons were injured, one critically. Five homes sustained roof and window damage. Numerous trees and power lines down. One house was destroyed and eight others were severely damaged. A double-wide mobile home on Bell Dixon Road was lifted from its foundation and reduced to bits of debris in a neighboring field. Reported by the Decatur County EMA and Bainbridge Post Searchlight.
22.31988-04-18230°54'N / 84°39'W2.70 Miles80 Yards032.5M0Decatur
22.91970-12-29230°48'N / 84°22'W30°48'N / 84°17'W5.10 Miles400 Yards043K0Grady
23.01972-05-08230°34'N / 85°00'W0.30 Mile27 Yards0025K0Calhoun
23.21952-01-28230°30'N / 84°14'W1.50 Miles33 Yards0025K0Leon
23.81953-12-06230°37'N / 84°17'W30°39'N / 84°09'W8.40 Miles33 Yards0025K0Leon
24.42003-03-20230°42'N / 85°03'W30°46'N / 84°55'W8.00 Miles300 Yards03500K0Jackson
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down in Cypress, just west of Grand Ridge, and traveled northeast before lifting to the north of Sneads. Two mobile homes and a single-family home were destroyed. 15 single-family and mobile homes were damaged. Numerous trees and power lines were down. One person was seriously injured and two sustained minor injuries. Reported by the Jackson County EMA and CAP/NWS aerial survey team.
24.61975-01-12230°47'N / 84°55'W31°05'N / 84°23'W37.80 Miles100 Yards0025K0Seminole
24.81969-04-18230°49'N / 84°47'W31°03'N / 84°35'W20.00 Miles233 Yards0125K0Decatur
25.42001-03-15230°51'N / 84°22'W30°52'N / 84°18'W5.00 Miles200 Yards091.0M0Grady
 Brief Description: The F2 tornado raced northeast from just southeast of Climax in Decatur County to just southeast of Whigham in Grady County, then dissipated. Nine persons were injured, one critically. Ten homes were damaged and two homes destroyed on Piney Grove Road four miles southwest of Whigham. A half dozen homes were damaged two miles southwest of Whigham at the intersection of Attapulgus and Cleon Roads. Additionally, ten barns and sheds were damaged and eight trailers destroyed. Numerous trees and power lines down with outages. Reported by the Grady County EMA and a SKYWARN storm spotter.
26.11975-01-12230°38'N / 85°08'W30°47'N / 84°55'W16.50 Miles50 Yards015250K0Jackson
26.61981-10-25230°27'N / 85°03'W30°33'N / 85°03'W6.90 Miles50 Yards0122.5M0Calhoun
28.22004-09-15230°30'N / 85°03'W30°34'N / 85°07'W7.00 Miles600 Yards452.5M0Calhoun
 Brief Description: The supercell thunderstorm which spawned tornadoes in Franklin and Liberty counties, produced a strong F2 tornado, which touched down just southeast of Van Lierop Road, a few miles east of Highway 69. It crossed Highway 69 near the Stafford Creek Bridge, and peeled roofs from dozens of homes, uprooted trees, and scattered debris. The tornado then struck the Macedonia Community at Highway 69-A and Parrish Lake Road. It demolished three trailers and damaged 30 homes. The tornado picked up two neighboring mobile homes. One was thrown across a road and killed its two occupants. Another was slammed into a neighbor's house, which killed its two occupants and injured five others. Reported by the Calhoun County EMA. M55PH, F35PH, M41PH, F37PH
29.51967-12-10230°30'N / 85°06'W0025K0Calhoun
30.51971-04-29230°54'N / 84°20'W30°53'N / 84°10'W10.00 Miles300 Yards022.5M0Grady
31.51971-02-07230°56'N / 84°58'W31°02'N / 84°45'W14.50 Miles300 Yards02250K0Seminole
32.31971-02-07231°02'N / 84°45'W31°03'N / 84°39'W6.10 Miles300 Yards00250K0Decatur
33.22009-02-19230°48'N / 84°10'W30°48'N / 84°04'W6.00 Miles250 Yards001.0M0KGrady
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down near Rawls and Lewis Roads just west of Georgia Highway 93. Damage along Rawls Road was limited to uprooted or snapped trees. One horse trailer was tipped over. The tornado continued eastward and moved a double wide modular home off its foundation on the west side of Holstein Lane. On the east side of Holstein Lane, a large cinder-block building was severely damaged, with the top level of the structure destroyed and lower west- and south-side facing walls collapsed. Three large grain silos south of the building were damaged or destroyed, and two large barns 50 yards to the east were destroyed. The tornado crossed Georgia Highway 93 just north of Lewis Road and plowed through a pine forest along the north side of Lower Cairo Road. Before crossing into Thomas County, over 95 percent of the trees near Plantation Drive adjacent to Lower Cairo Road were snapped. According to the Grady County Emergency Management Agency, a total of 15 homes were damaged, with about 300 residents without power. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Just after midnight on the 19th, a long track supercell thunderstorm spawned an EF-2 tornado south of Cairo in Grady County. The tornado raced to the east into Thomas County, causing EF-2 damage just south of Thomasville. A second tornado developed and produced EF-3 damage near Boston.
37.22005-03-22231°03'N / 84°55'W31°04'N / 84°53'W2.80 Miles1000 Yards181.5M0Seminole
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down just south of U.S. Highway 84. It destroyed seven mobile homes and damaged 17 others. Many trees and power lines were down. A woman was killed when the tornado demolished her mobile home. Eight people suffered minor injuries. The storm survey was conducted by the NWS Tallahassee WCM and SOO. F34MH
37.42005-03-22331°04'N / 84°53'W31°08'N / 84°41'W15.20 Miles1250 Yards0105.5M0Miller
 Brief Description: The tornado, which crossed from Seminole County into Miller County, quickly intensified as it paralleled Highway 91. It damaged nearly 100 homes and destroyed 25 others along its path. It struck a 120+ acre farm on Nobles Road, destroying several storage buildings, welding shop, farrowing house and implement shed, and heavily damaging the family residence. Several irrigation pivots were damaged or destroyed. Many trees and power lines were down. Ten people were injured, two of those critically. The tornado weakened as it approached County Road 45. It continued its northeastward trek across County Road 310 and U.S. Highway 27, then dissipated about three miles southeast of Colquitt. The storm survey was conducted by the NWS Tallahassee WCM and SOO.
37.82004-09-15230°43'N / 85°10'W30°52'N / 85°14'W8.00 Miles500 Yards033.0M0Jackson
 Brief Description: A strong F2 tornado touched down about four miles west of Cypress. It damaged 10 mobile homes and destroyed 25 others in the Gold Drive Trailer Park. Three occupants were injured. The tornado moved northwest and damaged 10 mobile homes in the Brogdon Lane Trailer Park on U.S. Highway 90 just east of Marianna. It caused significant damage to the Federal Correctional Institution and destroyed eight vehicles. Before lifting, the tornado destroyed the Sykes Enterprise facility and some vehicles near the Marianna Municipal Airport. Reported by the Jackson County EMA.
38.31988-04-18230°57'N / 85°10'W31°03'N / 84°54'W15.00 Miles300 Yards002.5M0Jackson
38.61975-01-12230°25'N / 85°23'W30°38'N / 85°08'W21.10 Miles50 Yards00250K0Calhoun
40.11964-04-25230°02'N / 84°23'W0.50 Mile33 Yards02250K0Wakulla
40.42009-02-19230°48'N / 84°04'W30°48'N / 83°54'W10.00 Miles400 Yards0010.0M0KThomas
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado crossed from adjacent Grady County into Thomas County along Lower Cairo Road where it caused extensive damage to a pine forest plantation. Three homes on the south side of the tornado's path were damaged, with one home losing part of its roof. A barn and two garages were damaged or destroyed. Along its path toward U.S. Highway 319 and Cindy Road, numerous pine trees were snapped or uprooted and fell on homes. Brookwood School and its grounds sustained significant damage, including a hole in the roof of the main building. The tornado crossed U.S. Highway 319 near Metcalf Road and moved toward the Southwest Georgia State Hospital just south of Pinetree Boulevard. It snapped more pine trees and removed two air conditioning units from the roof of one of the hospital buildings. Another hospital building was heavily damaged. The tornado began to weaken as it approached U.S. Highway 19 south of Glen Arven Country Club, and crossed U.S. Highway 19 just south of Sunset Drive. Damage in this area was limited to power lines and a few trees. Before lifting, the tornado moved across County Farm Road at the Thomas County Landfill, where a storage building was damaged with debris blown several hundred yards. According to the Thomas County Emergency Management Agency, nine mobile homes were destroyed, 29 single family homes were destroyed, and a total of 170 structures were damaged. About 4,200 residents were without power. The Governor declared a state of emergency in Thomas County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Just after midnight on the 19th, a long track supercell thunderstorm spawned an EF-2 tornado south of Cairo in Grady County. The tornado raced to the east into Thomas County, causing EF-2 damage just south of Thomasville. A second tornado developed and produced EF-3 damage near Boston.
41.11982-04-05231°08'N / 84°56'W31°08'N / 84°48'W7.00 Miles100 Yards012.5M0Miller
41.42000-02-14331°01'N / 84°12'W31°00'N / 84°03'W8.50 Miles300 Yards6153.5M3.0MGrady
 Brief Description: A strong tornado tore through northern Grady County, then crossed into extreme northwest Thomas County. Fifteen homes were destroyed and numerous damaged. Fifteen persons were injured, mostly from flying debris. Six fatalities were confirmed by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency: four deaths in mobile homes and two in a woodframe home. Scores of pecan trees were uprooted, pine trees snapped and power lines toppled. Farmers suffered major losses to irrigation equipment, trailers and shelters. Eight chicken houses were flattened, killing a half million chickens. Grady County was declared a federal disaster area. Reported by the Grady County EMA. M64PH, F63PH, F54MH, M85MH, F1MH, F28MH
42.42001-03-15230°16'N / 85°15'W30°16'N / 85°12'W2.00 Miles150 Yards0050K0Calhoun
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado touched down just south of Kinard on the west side of SW J.A. Daniels Road. It damaged two sheds and two barns. It tracked northeast and crossed State Road 73, two-tenths of a mile south of Mark Barbee Lane, and uprooted numerous trees. From Mark Barbee Lane, the tornado continued its northeast track and severely damaged two vacant structures on SW Clayton Shiver Road, and then dissipated. Damage surveyed by the NWS Tallahassee WCM and reported by the Calhoun County EMA.
42.61972-01-13231°05'N / 84°12'W1.00 Mile150 Yards0225K0Mitchell
42.91982-04-05231°08'N / 84°57'W31°08'N / 84°56'W1.00 Mile100 Yards002.5M0Early
43.91997-01-15230°33'N / 85°21'W30°33'N / 85°21'W0.50 Mile150 Yards0150K1KCalhoun
 Brief Description: A tornado completely destroyed a frame home badly injuring a man. Other nearby homes received minor damage. Scores of trees were snapped or uprooted.
45.32000-02-14331°04'N / 84°09'W31°06'N / 84°06'W2.00 Miles300 Yards00500K0Thomas
 Brief Description: A strong tornado moved from the northeast corner of Grady County into extreme northwest Thomas County near Meigs. A few homes were damaged with numerous downed trees and power lines. Reported by the Thomas County EMA.
46.01963-04-06231°08'N / 84°11'W0.80 Mile37 Yards0025K0Mitchell
46.62001-03-15230°38'N / 85°25'W30°41'N / 85°22'W3.00 Miles300 Yards00500K0Jackson
 Brief Description: The F2 tornado that touched down near Wausau in southeast Washington County, raced northeast across the Washington-Jackson County line and hit the Round Lake community just south of Alford before it dissipated. Fifteen homes were severely damaged and two homes were destroyed. A gift shop on U.S. Highway 231 was destroyed. There were numerous downed trees and power lines. Reported by the Jackson County EMA.
48.62005-03-22231°06'N / 85°10'W31°08'N / 85°07'W3.00 Miles200 Yards04750K0Houston
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down about a half mile west of Firetower Road. As it traveled northeast, it destroyed three barns on County Road 81, and destroyed two large homes just north of Turnpike Road. Four people were injured and transported to a hospital in Dothan. Several mobile homes were damaged, with numerous trees and power lines down. The storm survey was conducted by the NWS Tallahassee WCM and SOO.
48.71972-10-27229°55'N / 84°20'W0.30 Mile20 Yards00250K0Franklin
48.91956-09-24230°06'N / 85°13'W0025K0Gulf
49.21954-12-05231°14'N / 84°56'W31°15'N / 84°54'W2.70 Miles100 Yards0025K0Early
49.22000-02-14331°05'N / 84°01'W31°04'N / 84°01'W4.50 Miles300 Yards111.0M0Mitchell
 Brief Description: A strong tornado tracked northeast from extreme northwest Thomas County into extreme southeast Mitchell County. Numerous homes were damaged as well as downed trees and power lines. One man died from injuries sustained when the tornado destroyed his mobile home and neighboring woodframe home two miles north of Meigs. Reported by the Mitchell County EMA. M73MH
49.31969-09-20229°52'N / 84°40'W0325K0Franklin
49.62000-02-13331°10'N / 84°16'W31°14'N / 84°07'W9.20 Miles300 Yards1117520.0M2.0MMitchell
 Brief Description: A strong tornado tore through two major subdivisions and four mobile home parks just south of Camilla after touching down just east of Branchville. Damage assessments from the American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency reported 200 homes destroyed and 250 homes were damaged. Two miles south of Camilla on GA Highway 112, a large trailer manufacturing plant was destroyed. Eleven fatalities were confirmed by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, all of which resided in mobile homes. Approximately 175 persons were injured. The American Red Cross and Salvation Army opened several shelters for the homeless. Hundreds of acres of pecan trees were uprooted, pine trees snapped, and power lines toppled. Numerous irrigation systems were damaged. Property damage estimates totalled $20 million with crop losses estimated at $2 million. Mitchell County was declared a federal disaster area. Reported by the Mitchell County EMA. F55MH, F18MH, F50MH, M17MH, M47MH, F40MH, F33MH, F17MH, F25MH, F51MH, F51MH


* 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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