Garrard, KY Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes
The chance of earthquake damage in Garrard is about the same as Kentucky average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Garrard is much lower than Kentucky average and is much lower than the national average.
Earthquake Index, #414
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, #688
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 3,849 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Garrard, KY were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:
|Dust Storm:||0||Flood:||643||Hail:||812||Heat:||23||Heavy Snow:||94|
|High Surf:||0||Hurricane:||0||Ice Storm:||16||Landslide:||2||Strong Wind:||46|
|Thunderstorm Winds:||1,885||Tropical Storm:||0||Wildfire:||3||Winter Storm:||27||Winter Weather:||92|
No volcano is found in or near Garrard, KY.
Historical Earthquake Events
A total of 1 historical earthquake event that had a recorded magnitude of 3.5 or above found in or near Garrard, KY.
|Distance (miles)||Date||Magnitude||Depth (km)||Latitude||Longitude|
Historical Tornado Events
A total of 22 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Garrard, KY.
|Distance (miles)||Date||Magnitude||Start Lat/Log||End Lat/Log||Length||Width||Fatalities||Injuries||Property Damage||Crop Damage||Affected County|
|15.6||1974-04-03||2||37°11'N / 83°57'W||37°13'N / 83°55'W||2.30 Miles||33 Yards||0||0||2.5M||0||Clay|
|20.2||1977-10-01||2||37°31'N / 83°53'W||37°23'N / 83°43'W||12.80 Miles||400 Yards||0||0||250K||0||Owsley|
|22.0||1984-05-06||2||37°08'N / 84°05'W||37°10'N / 84°01'W||5.00 Miles||50 Yards||0||8||2.5M||0||Laurel|
|22.3||1974-04-03||2||36°58'N / 84°07'W||37°11'N / 83°57'W||17.50 Miles||33 Yards||0||22||2.5M||0||Laurel|
|23.4||1954-06-01||2||37°17'N / 84°07'W||37°27'N / 83°54'W||16.40 Miles||67 Yards||0||0||250K||0||Laurel|
|24.0||1973-06-29||3||37°08'N / 84°05'W||0.50 Mile||100 Yards||0||2||250K||0||Laurel|
|24.0||2001-06-02||2||37°08'N / 84°05'W||37°08'N / 84°05'W||7.00 Miles||100 Yards||0||10||17.1M||0K||Laurel|
|Brief Description: A strong F2 tornado with wind estimates between 135 and 155 miles per hour ripped through downtown London during the evening hours. The Carnaby Square shopping center was hard hit. The tornado was reported by eye witnesses to have been nearly stationary in the parking lot for nearly 4 minutes. During this time several automobiles including a large moving van were overtured. A 20 by 30 foot chunk of 4 inch thick blacktop from the parking lot was torn up and thrown approximately 100 feet. Merchandise from one of the stores was later found 25 miles to the east. The tornado lifted before crossing U.S. Highway 25. The tornado touched down again along Bellinger Street between 6:15 and 6:20 pm where several homes received major damage. One duplex lost its entire roof as a mother and her two sons took shelter on the second floor. A mobile home used for storage was demolished. One block over on Morgan Street several brick and framed homes lost their entire roofs. A framed home placed on a block foundation was blown 15 feet away from the foundation. The storm lifted as if approached the Rolling Acres Subdivision. Witnesses reported seeing two funnel clouds at this time as the storm continued moving east. Damage was confined to large trees and some shingle damage on roofs of homes. The storm again dropped a tornado as it approached a ball park just northwest of the intersection of Kentucky Highway 192 and 80. Three of the four teams in the park took refuge in the concession stand and the fourth team remained in the dugout where parents covered the children while laying on the ground. One mid sized truck was tossed from the parking lot approximately 150 feet. Fencing from both ball diamonds was blown away. The last major damage occurred at a mobile home sales lot near the intersection of Kentucky Highway 192 and the Daniel Boone Parkway. Eight mobile homes weighing 8 to 12 tons were totaled. Emergency management officials reported that there were 10 minor injuries with the most serious being a broken arm. Eighteen residences were destroyed, 21 received major damage while 84 received minor damage. Twenty-six businesses suffered major damage. One church received major damage with another receiving minor damage. Thirty vehicles were destroyed and three 18 wheel tractor trailers were overturned.|
|29.7||1974-04-03||3||37°17'N / 84°11'W||37°18'N / 84°10'W||1.30 Miles||33 Yards||1||10||2.5M||0||Rockcastle|
|32.1||1974-04-03||3||37°09'N / 84°17'W||37°17'N / 84°11'W||10.70 Miles||33 Yards||0||0||2.5M||0||Laurel|
|34.2||1961-06-09||3||37°40'N / 83°48'W||37°40'N / 83°46'W||1.30 Miles||150 Yards||1||25||2.5M||0||Lee|
|34.6||1961-06-09||3||37°40'N / 83°50'W||37°40'N / 83°48'W||1.30 Miles||150 Yards||0||38||2.5M||0||Estill|
|38.1||1977-08-03||2||37°42'N / 83°55'W||37°42'N / 83°52'W||2.30 Miles||30 Yards||0||0||25K||0||Estill|
|38.5||1974-04-03||3||37°02'N / 84°24'W||37°09'N / 84°17'W||10.30 Miles||33 Yards||6||30||2.5M||0||Pulaski|
|40.3||1988-05-09||3||36°36'N / 83°45'W||36°36'N / 83°39'W||5.00 Miles||500 Yards||1||15||25.0M||0||Bell|
|41.8||1974-04-03||2||36°51'N / 84°18'W||36°52'N / 84°17'W||0||0||0K||0||Whitley|
|43.9||1967-03-12||3||36°40'N / 84°07'W||2.00 Miles||100 Yards||0||0||0K||0||Whitley|
|44.4||1996-04-20||2||37°34'N / 84°18'W||37°34'N / 84°18'W||2.00 Miles||200 Yards||0||10||12.8M||0||Madison|
|Brief Description: A tornado touched down on the on the East side of interstate 75 at the Ky 21 exit at 445 am est. There the tornado destroyed a Sunoco gasoline station and ripped the roof of a Howard Johnson's motel. The tornado moved East-Northeast across the South side of Berea to just East of Ky 25 before dissapating around 450 am est. The tornado damaged around 800 homes and 40 businesses. 35 houses were destroyed or eceived major damage, while 26 business were destroyed or received major damage. Home damage was estimated at 6.7 million dollars...while damage to businesses was estimated at 6.1 million dollars. There were only minor injuries reported with the most serious being a broken collar bone. The tornado caused a storage tank to topple on the Parker Seal plant which produces O-rings for the space shuttle mission. Also damaged were parts of Berea College. Most of the damage there was due to fallen and uprooted trees. The "Old Town" section of Berea, where craftspeople make and sell high quality furiniture and other goods saw several businesses badly damaged. The roof of the town's old train depot, now a tourist center, caved in. Many homes were reported as flattened. The Red Cross, Salvation Army and 130 members of the National Guard were sent to aid the cleanup effort. The National Weather Service storm survey the damage path revealed an F2 tornado embedded in straight-line winds.|
|45.1||1972-08-19||2||37°34'N / 84°19'W||0||1||250K||0||Madison|
|45.9||1967-03-12||3||36°45'N / 84°20'W||36°40'N / 84°08'W||12.50 Miles||100 Yards||0||5||250K||0||Whitley|
|46.5||1974-04-03||2||36°48'N / 84°26'W||36°51'N / 84°18'W||8.00 Miles||33 Yards||0||0||0K||0||Mccreary|
|47.6||1978-08-30||2||37°52'N / 83°49'W||37°52'N / 83°43'W||5.20 Miles||800 Yards||0||0||25K||0||Powell|
|49.4||2009-05-08||3||37°39'N / 84°27'W||37°45'N / 84°06'W||20.00 Miles||150 Yards||2||15||0K||0K||Madison|
|Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado first touched down in the Nina Ridge Road area three miles ESE of McCreary in Garrard County. The tornado caused EF-1 damage at this location before strengthening to EF-2 just before entering Madison County. Near the intersection of Highways 1295 and 52 in Madison County, the tornado reached EF-3 intensity. Near this intersection, two adults were killed when the mobile home they were in was picked up and thrown by the tornado. The bodies were recovered from a nearby pond. Five other occupants of the mobile home, including three children, were injured. A female relative in a brick home just yards away from the mobile home received only minor injuries despite being pinned under a collapsed wall in the house. The tornado weakened and lifted at times as it continued east across the county, but still caused significant damage. It tore much of the roof off a fire station on the south side of Richmond before moving over the Bluegrass Army Depot toward the community of Waco in the eastern part of the county. After doing extensive damage to mainly roofs in a subdivision of brick homes near Waco, the tornado destroyed a mobile home in the area, carrying two teenage male occupants of the home through the air before dropping them near an elementary school 300 yards away. The teens miraculously received only minor injuries. The tornado weakened significantly from this point on, doing only minor roof damage and downing trees as it continued eastward before lifting near the end of Drowning Creek Road. The tornado was up to 150 yards wide with maximum estimated wind speeds up to 140 mph. Approximately 150 homes received damage, the most severe being several brick homes where only interior walls remained standing in the wake of the tornado. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A long-lived bow echo that had produced widespread wind damage over southern Illinois moved east into Kentucky during the late morning hours. As it moved east, the system encountered a strengthening low-level jet across the Ohio Valley, which helped modify the motion of the line, resulting in training storms of extremely heavy rain that caused flash flooding. Individual storms developing ahead of the line continued to produce damaging winds, with two storms producing tornadoes, before the main area of convection moved through. NWS damage surveys determined the tornado in south-central Kentucky to be EF-1 in intensity, while the east-central Kentucky was ranked as a strong EF-3. The EF-3 tornado resulted in two fatalities and numerous injuries.|
* 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.