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The chance of earthquake damage in Guilford County is about the same as North Carolina average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Guilford County is lower than North Carolina average and is lower than the national average.

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

Earthquake Index, #45

Guilford County
0.05
North Carolina
0.18
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

Guilford County
0.0000
North Carolina
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, #61

Guilford County
97.09
North Carolina
115.21
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 15,645 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Guilford County were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:4Cold:54Dense Fog:15Drought:86
Dust Storm:0Flood:1,756Hail:4,624Heat:25Heavy Snow:264
High Surf:0Hurricane:14Ice Storm:77Landslide:3Strong Wind:234
Thunderstorm Winds:7,417Tropical Storm:12Wildfire:1Winter Storm:141Winter Weather:211
Other:707 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Guilford County.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Guilford County.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 28 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Guilford County.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
7.51954-06-16236°10'N / 79°48'W36°12'N / 79°42'W6.10 Miles100 Yards013K0Guilford
11.32008-05-08236°03'N / 80°01'W36°06'N / 79°58'W4.00 Miles200 Yards134.0M0KGuilford
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado, originally an EF-0, initially touched down just north of Squire Davis Park near the intersection of Sandy Ridge Road and Johnson Street. From there the tornado tracked northeast and intensified to EF-1 intensity as it approached the Farmers Market and Interstate 40. The tornado overturned several cars and tractor trailers as it crossed Interstate 40. A roof was blown off of an office building just north of the interstate as the tornado continued to intensify. As the tornado moved further northeast into an industrial complex, it further strengthened to EF-2 with winds estimated around 130 mph based on damage to warehouses. Numerous warehouses along Little Santee Road, Capital Drive, and West Market Street sustained significant damage. Numerous vehicles and tractor trailers were also overturned in the industrial complex. At its widest point, the tornado was just over 200 yards wide. The tornado quickly lifted off of the ground after crossing West Market Street near the post office. The tornado was on the ground for about four miles. One fatality occurred along West Market Street next to the Lamination Service Building located at 8717 West Market Street. The fatality occurred as a 51 year old man slept in the rig of his tractor trailer. Three other injuries were reported, two of which occurred in automobiles and another in the I.H. Caffey Warehouse Distribution Center. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong upper level low moving east-northeast across Kentucky and Tennessee, triggered several instances of severe damaging winds and two tornadoes across the Triad region in the northwest piedmont of North Carolina.
13.42010-03-28336°00'N / 80°02'W36°02'N / 80°00'W3.00 Miles250 Yards0010.0M0KGuilford
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado initially touched down as an EF1 with winds around 100 mph near Old Plank Road in southwest Guilford County. It was in this area where the Apple Tree Academy sustained significant damage and two vehicles including a small bus were rolled 50 yards across the street. From this point the tornado continued northeast across Highway 311. The next area to experience damage was just north of Highway 311 and south of Old Mill Road along Langdale, Imperial and Impala Drives. Tornado damage in this area continued to indicate EF1 winds with numerous trees down along with a number of home with roof and siding damage. The tornado intensified to an EF2 as it crossed Old Mill Road towards Johnson Street. The EF2 tornado severely damaged numerous homes along Brandon Drive. In on instance, an entire bedroom was blown off a single story home. Three individuals who were taking shelter in a bedroom closet were carried 50 feet and were buried under the debris. One individual experienced several broken bones but overall injuries were not serious. The remainder of the house was shifted off the foundation approximately 8 inches. EF2 tornado damage continued north of Old Mill Road to Skeet Club Road along either side of Johnson Road with winds around 130 mph for most of its duration but briefly reached EF3 intensity with winds of 138 mph near Hampton Park Drive at 1278 Silverstone Court where the upper level of a two story home was blown off. Fifty to sixty homes along Hampton Park Drive, Scarlet Drive, Ruskin Drive and Johnson Road were severely damaged. The tornado crossed Johnson Road as an EF2 crossing Elmwood Avenue, Oakforest Drive and Maplewood Avenue. Nearly every home in this highly urbanized area experienced minor to moderate damage. The upper floor of a two story home on Elmwood Avenue was blown off. The tornado weakened to an EF1 as it crossed Maplewood Avenue and Wellingham Lane, where numerous homes experienced roof and siding damage. The tornado finally lifted off the ground north of Kendale Road. In total 603 single family homes were damaged with 21 homes being completely destoryed. Thirty-one multifamily homes were damaged with 16 reported destroyed. Finally, eleven businesses sustained damage, with 3 businesses completely destroyed. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Convection developed ahead of an amplified upper trough across the Tennessee Valley while a strong southerly mid and upper level jet provided strong shear across the region. Tornadoes formed and track ahead of a developing surface low across Georgia and along a wedge front located across the western Piedmont of NC.
16.41977-10-01235°48'N / 79°50'W35°53'N / 79°42'W9.40 Miles40 Yards00250K0Randolph
18.11969-04-18235°52'N / 79°36'W0125K0Randolph
21.71981-06-06236°04'N / 80°14'W36°10'N / 80°07'W9.40 Miles17 Yards01250K0Forsyth
22.21989-05-05336°06'N / 80°15'W36°13'N / 80°06'W10.50 Miles200 Yards03025.0M0Forsyth
22.41989-05-05236°08'N / 80°13'W36°12'N / 80°08'W5.50 Miles100 Yards0102.5M0Forsyth
23.31991-03-29235°38'N / 80°01'W35°51'N / 79°35'W28.00 Miles300 Yards002.5M0Randolph
24.41954-08-17235°47'N / 79°33'W2.10 Miles110 Yards00250K0Randolph
25.31985-05-22336°06'N / 80°16'W36°04'N / 80°13'W3.50 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Forsyth
29.71965-10-07335°39'N / 79°50'W1.00 Mile33 Yards1425K0Randolph
31.62008-05-08335°58'N / 80°22'W36°00'N / 80°19'W3.00 Miles300 Yards022.5M0KForsyth
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado originated from the same parent supercell that produced the tornado in Davie County which lifted in Forsyth County just across the Yadkin River. This second tornado touched down just southwest of Hampton Road. Three metal barns sustained major damage around the 4800 block of Hampton Road with minor damage to two homes. The tornado continued northeast through wooded farmland before hitting the Bridgepoint Subdivision where the tornado strengthened to EF-3 intensity. Three homes were destroyed and approximately thirty homes sustained moderate damage. There were only two minor injuries in the subdivision. The tornado continued to track to the northeast across Frye Bridge Road and through a heavily wooded area. It then dissipated near the intersection of Cooper Road and Fraternity Church Road. A few homes suffered damage, primarily due to fallen trees. Hardwood tree damage in the area was consistent with EF-2 intensity as tree trunks were snapped in a 200 to 300 yard path. The overall path length of the tornado was around 3 miles with a maximum width of 300 yards. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong upper level low moving east-northeast across Kentucky and Tennessee, triggered several instances of severe damaging winds and two tornadoes across the Triad region in the northwest piedmont of North Carolina.
33.51989-05-05236°01'N / 80°23'W0.50 Mile100 Yards082.5M0Forsyth
33.51998-05-07336°01'N / 80°23'W36°01'N / 80°23'W2.00 Miles1 Yards0550.0M0Forsyth
 Brief Description: A large tornado tore through the Waterford Subdivision of Clemmons in southwest Forsyth county. The initial touchdown was at 630 pm local time. Several homes were completely destroyed, several hundred sustained major roof, wall, and window damage. Tree damage was extensive with debris scattered for miles.
34.62008-05-08235°58'N / 80°24'W35°58'N / 80°23'W000K0KForsyth
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF-2 tornado tracked northeast out of Davie County and crossed the Yadkin River into Forsyth County. After crossing the Yadkin River, the tornado touched down near the Old Clemmons Water Treatment Plant along Idols Dam Road. The tornado tracked northeast through a heavily wooded area for just over one quarter of a mile and then lifted off the ground. The parent supercell thunderstorm went on to produce another tornado approximately one mile northeast of the first tornado's ending point. This second tornado went on to produce significant damage to the Clemmons community in Forsyth County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong upper level low moving east-northeast across Kentucky and Tennessee, triggered several instances of severe damaging winds and two tornadoes across the Triad region in the northwest piedmont of North Carolina.
36.01991-03-29235°42'N / 79°28'W35°52'N / 79°03'W25.00 Miles300 Yards00250K0Chatham
37.11992-11-23336°05'N / 79°11'W36°07'N / 79°04'W5.50 Miles1200 Yards210250K0Orange
37.61965-10-07235°39'N / 79°24'W35°41'N / 79°18'W6.10 Miles27 Yards0025K0Chatham
38.71964-07-12236°24'N / 79°20'W36°29'N / 79°11'W10.00 Miles50 Yards01250K0Caswell
40.22010-03-28235°43'N / 80°22'W35°44'N / 80°21'W1.00 Mile50 Yards051.3M0KDavidson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF1 tornado exited Rowan County, crossing the Yadkin River and entered into Davidson County. Numerous hardwood trees were either sheared off or uprooted in a wooded area south of Seven Oaks Drive. A carport was ripped from a brick home on Seven Oaks Drive. Two out buildings were also destroyed. The tornado tracked northeast across an open field before it damaged a vacant steel framed flea market building. The tornado glanced the southeastern corner of the main flea market building, tearing it away from the remainder of the building. Debris from the metal building was found approximately one mile downstream from the site. Sections of sheet metal from the building were found twisted around several tree and high tension power lines. In the adjacent Chestnut Grove Mobile Home Park, located at the intersection of Clark Road and Wind Hill Drive, three mobile homes were completely destroyed with three other mobile homes sustaining significant damage. The tornado reached EF2 intensity here with wind of 110 to 120 mph. The tornado dissipated in a wooded area northeast of Clark Road. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Convection developed ahead of an amplified upper trough across the Tennessee Valley while a strong southerly mid and upper level jet provided strong shear across the region. Tornadoes formed and track ahead of a developing surface low across Georgia and along a wedge front located across the western Piedmont of NC.
43.21964-07-12236°42'N / 79°53'W2.00 Miles50 Yards03250K0Henry
43.61991-03-29235°52'N / 79°03'W35°53'N / 79°03'W1.00 Mile300 Yards000K0Orange
45.61964-07-12236°29'N / 79°11'W36°31'N / 79°08'W3.60 Miles50 Yards00250K0Person
47.91976-05-15235°16'N / 79°58'W35°31'N / 79°50'W18.80 Miles400 Yards072.5M0Montgomery
48.22004-09-17236°43'N / 79°57'W36°49'N / 79°56'W7.10 Miles440 Yards0453.8M0Henry
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down near Fieldale at 1104 EST. The F1 tornado crossed U.S. Highway 220 turning over 2 tractor-trailer trucks and 2 passenger vehicles. All 4 drivers suffered minor injuries. The tornado damage patch widened to a quarter mile, and strengthened to F2 as it approached and struck a factory. At this location, around 40 vehicles were severely damaged or destroyed. The factory experienced significant damage. The tornado then proceeded north and entered a residential subdivision, but only minor roof and tree damage occurred here. The tornado path became intermittent as it continued north and the damage was limited to trees. The tornado crossed into Franklin County at 1114 EST.
48.31989-05-05235°55'N / 78°58'W36°02'N / 78°54'W8.70 Miles100 Yards0025.0M0Durham
48.62005-01-14235°34'N / 80°23'W35°34'N / 80°23'W0.30 Mile100 Yards00500K0Rowan
 Brief Description: Two metal industrial buildings sustained major damage and a barn was flattened. A home next to the barn also received minor roof damage. Several trees were snapped or uprooted.


* 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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