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Merritt, NC Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

 
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The chance of earthquake damage in Merritt is about the same as North Carolina average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Merritt is about the same as 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, #861

Merritt, NC
0.00
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

Merritt, NC
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, #518

Merritt, NC
106.36
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 1,273 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Merritt, NC were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:4Dense Fog:0Drought:0
Dust Storm:0Flood:98Hail:544Heat:0Heavy Snow:6
High Surf:0Hurricane:10Ice Storm:2Landslide:0Strong Wind:7
Thunderstorm Winds:542Tropical Storm:7Wildfire:0Winter Storm:15Winter Weather:4
Other:34 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Merritt, NC.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Merritt, NC.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Merritt, NC.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 31 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Merritt, NC.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
5.91965-03-17335°07'N / 76°57'W35°14'N / 76°33'W24.00 Miles100 Yards1402.5M0Pamlico
9.91963-09-29235°05'N / 76°54'W35°08'N / 76°48'W6.60 Miles30 Yards0025K0Pamlico
11.11999-09-15235°15'N / 76°34'W35°15'N / 76°34'W10.00 Miles50 Yards00700K0Pamlico
 Brief Description: This tornado moved over Hobucken and destroyed a mobile home, a house, tore the roof off of a school and severely damaged two churches. Between 1108 and 2110 LST on Wednesday, September 15th the Morehead City/Newport office issued 20 tornado warnings. That is an average of two warnings per hour for ten hours. At least ten of the tornadoes were reported by spotters during the event. This tornadic event was the precurser to Hurricane Floyd which made landfall on Thursday, September 16th and caused record flooding across eastern North Carolina.
19.81965-03-17335°04'N / 77°06'W35°07'N / 76°57'W9.10 Miles100 Yards0402.5M0Craven
19.91971-05-13235°07'N / 77°12'W35°33'N / 76°37'W44.40 Miles300 Yards00250K0Craven
20.01969-04-19235°00'N / 77°00'W003K0Craven
21.61968-03-12235°25'N / 76°47'W1.00 Mile27 Yards00250K0Beaufort
21.91968-04-24235°25'N / 76°48'W2.00 Miles200 Yards0025K0Beaufort
24.21973-04-27235°28'N / 76°42'W0.50 Mile123 Yards1125K0Beaufort
25.51974-05-27234°56'N / 76°17'W2.80 Miles350 Yards0025K0Carteret
27.61996-10-08235°29'N / 76°52'W35°29'N / 76°52'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0030K0Beaufort
 Brief Description: Trailer totally demolished and several homes damaged on Highway 92.
27.91965-03-17335°00'N / 77°13'W35°04'N / 77°06'W8.20 Miles100 Yards152.5M0Jones
29.01967-12-03234°42'N / 76°45'W0.10 Mile27 Yards00250K0Carteret
29.31952-05-20235°28'N / 76°23'W1.50 Miles33 Yards020K0Hyde
29.61989-03-20234°42'N / 76°33'W0.20 Mile100 Yards00250K0Carteret
29.61990-09-15234°42'N / 76°33'W0.50 Mile40 Yards00250K0Carteret
32.32002-10-11235°35'N / 76°40'W35°35'N / 76°40'W3.00 Miles200 Yards003.0M0Beaufort
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado touched down near Pantego in the Swamp Road area. The tornado destroyed one house, a mobile home as well as a hog farm. Most of the dollar damage occurred to the farm with the destruction of hog houses and heavy equipment.
32.91999-09-15234°41'N / 76°55'W34°41'N / 76°55'W2.00 Miles20 Yards00300K0Carteret
 Brief Description: Tornado touched down at Emerald Isle Point. 5 homes were damaged...2 received major damage while another 2 were destroyed. Between 1108 and 2110 LST on Wednesday, September 15th the Morehead City/Newport office issued 20 tornado warnings. That is an average of two warnings per hour for ten hours. At least ten of the tornadoes were reported by spotters during the event. This tornadic event was the precurser to Hurricane Floyd which made landfall on Thursday, September 16th and caused record flooding across eastern North Carolina.
32.91975-03-14235°30'N / 77°00'W35°39'N / 76°40'W21.30 Miles100 Yards0202.5M0Beaufort
33.22008-05-11234°52'N / 77°13'W34°53'N / 77°09'W4.00 Miles100 Yards005K0KJones
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado touched down near Belgrade in Onslow County and crossed into Jones county about 1 mile to the southeast of Belgrade. The tornado was rated as an EF2 and had a total path length of 5 miles. The tornado was about 100 yards wide. Most of the structural damage occurred in Onslow county...however numerous trees were sheared off in Jones county and a porch was destroyed at one residence. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Numerous thunderstorms developed near the coast of eastern North Carolina during the late afternoon and evening hours ahead of a cold front. Unstable air ahead of the cold front combined with strong wind shear to produce rotating thunderstorms and several tornadoes were reported near the south coast in parts of Onslow...Jones and Carteret counties.
33.41978-04-19235°08'N / 77°16'W0.70 Mile30 Yards00250K0Jones
35.62008-05-11234°52'N / 77°14'W34°52'N / 77°13'W1.00 Mile100 Yards06150K0KOnslow
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Tornado touched down near Belgrade and moved east into southern Jones county about 1 mile southeast of Belgrade. The tornado had a path length of around 5 miles and was rated as an EF2. Several homes received moderate to severe damage with 6 minor injuries reported. Several outbuildings were destroyed and numerous trees were sheared off. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Numerous thunderstorms developed near the coast of eastern North Carolina during the late afternoon and evening hours ahead of a cold front. Unstable air ahead of the cold front combined with strong wind shear to produce rotating thunderstorms and several tornadoes were reported near the south coast in parts of Onslow...Jones and Carteret counties.
36.81986-06-17235°27'N / 76°10'W0.50 Mile60 Yards00250K0Hyde
37.91960-05-27235°24'N / 76°06'W0125K0Beaufort
42.31953-04-16235°34'N / 77°11'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Pitt
42.51963-05-17235°42'N / 77°00'W35°36'N / 77°06'W8.90 Miles50 Yards02250K0Beaufort
46.41999-04-15235°00'N / 77°37'W35°05'N / 77°22'W15.00 Miles900 Yards082.0M0Jones
 Brief Description: On the night of April 15, 1999 several tornadoes touched down. One multi-vortex tornado touched down in Duplin County about a half mile south of Kenansville. The tornado tracked east northeast between Pink Hill and Beulaville and just to the north of Potters HIll before entering Jones County. Once in Jones County the tornado passed just north of Hargetts crossroads and traced north of Route 41... ending near the intersection of Routes 58 and 41. The tornado track covered nearly 30 miles and ranged between a half mile to around one mile wide. An unconfirmed wind report of 165 mph was measured near Trenton. In total... hundreds of trees were knocked down, over 30 homes were destroyed, 60 homes suffered major damage, and a significant number of livestock were killed,
47.41972-10-24234°45'N / 77°23'W0.70 Mile150 Yards0025K0Onslow
49.01986-07-02234°45'N / 77°25'W1.50 Miles33 Yards310250K0Onslow
49.61983-05-16235°50'N / 76°47'W35°50'N / 76°40'W6.00 Miles100 Yards05250K0Washington
50.01983-05-16235°50'N / 76°48'W35°50'N / 76°47'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00250K0Tyrrell


* 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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