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The chance of earthquake damage in Midway is about the same as Alabama average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Midway is much lower than Alabama average and is higher than the national average.

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

Earthquake Index, #617

Midway, AL
0.01
Alabama
0.08
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

Midway, AL
0.0000
Alabama
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, #623

Midway, AL
162.58
Alabama
255.80
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 2,182 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Midway, AL were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:57Dense Fog:1Drought:52
Dust Storm:0Flood:107Hail:568Heat:74Heavy Snow:18
High Surf:0Hurricane:4Ice Storm:10Landslide:0Strong Wind:27
Thunderstorm Winds:1,100Tropical Storm:12Wildfire:3Winter Storm:18Winter Weather:26
Other:105 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Midway, AL.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Midway, AL.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 68 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Midway, AL.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
13.61957-06-28231°48'N / 85°40'W31°58'N / 85°28'W16.50 Miles100 Yards0125K0Barbour
14.31981-04-01332°15'N / 85°24'W32°15'N / 85°23'W22325.0M0Russell
18.01975-01-10232°18'N / 85°41'W1.00 Mile100 Yards09250K0Macon
19.11980-05-20231°44'N / 85°35'W31°52'N / 85°28'W11.50 Miles50 Yards0125K0Barbour
19.22006-11-15231°48'N / 85°39'W31°50'N / 85°38'W3.00 Miles650 Yards005K0KBarbour
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The Hamilton Crossroads tornado crossed from Pike into Barbour County, and traveled another 3 miles before lifting. Damage in the Barbour County portion was relatively minor, and consisted of mainly downed trees. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong storm system brought severe weather and heavy rainfall to much of Central Alabama.
19.71954-12-05231°56'N / 85°23'W31°56'N / 85°05'W17.50 Miles100 Yards033K0Barbour
22.21986-11-25331°38'N / 85°42'W31°53'N / 85°27'W22.00 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Barbour
23.21972-01-13331°43'N / 85°22'W31°50'N / 85°20'W8.40 Miles200 Yards00250K0Barbour
24.81961-02-24232°14'N / 85°24'W32°23'N / 85°00'W25.60 Miles33 Yards0425K0Russell
24.92008-02-17232°05'N / 85°09'W32°08'N / 85°03'W8.00 Miles1000 Yards04120K0KRussell
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down near the intersection of US Highway 431 and CR-51 in the southern portion of the county. It then tracked northeastward to the Chattahoochee River near the Cottonton community, before crossing the river into Georgia. The most significant damage was located near CR-12. At least two mobile homes were destroyed and two frame houses received significant damage. Numerous trees were either snapped off or were uprooted along the path. At least one vehicle was flipped over. Four injuries were reported. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A broken squall line, sparked by an advancing cold front and strong upper level storm, caused severe thunderstorms and tornadoes across Central Alabama.
25.01984-05-03232°26'N / 85°37'W32°26'N / 85°34'W3.50 Miles100 Yards00250K0Macon
26.21969-04-18432°13'N / 86°00'W32°13'N / 85°53'W6.80 Miles500 Yards03250K0Bullock
26.91964-10-04231°48'N / 85°12'W023K0Barbour
26.91974-12-19331°43'N / 85°53'W31°50'N / 85°45'W11.30 Miles300 Yards00250K0Pike
27.71974-12-19331°56'N / 85°58'W0.50 Mile100 Yards013K0Pike
28.42006-11-15231°37'N / 85°49'W31°48'N / 85°40'W15.00 Miles650 Yards00500K0KPike
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This tornado, which is believed to have initially touched down just across the Coffee County line near the Roeton community, entered Pike County about 1.5 miles southwest of Hamilton Crossroads. The tornado track crossed US Highway 231, State Highway 10, and State Highway 130 before crossing the Pea River into western Barbour County. Numerous trees were blown down or snapped off along the path. Numerous structures suffered significant damage, including a water tower that completely collapsed, a fire department building, and several homes. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong storm system brought severe weather and heavy rainfall to much of Central Alabama.
29.11971-03-02331°41'N / 85°58'W31°44'N / 85°34'W23.80 Miles33 Yards0025K0Pike
29.41954-12-05232°27'N / 85°17'W0025K0Russell
29.91986-11-26231°46'N / 85°58'W31°49'N / 85°51'W8.00 Miles150 Yards01250K0Pike
30.01972-01-13331°36'N / 85°24'W31°43'N / 85°22'W8.40 Miles200 Yards02250K0Henry
30.21971-03-03331°43'N / 85°49'W2.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Pike
31.01954-12-05231°56'N / 85°05'W31°58'N / 84°57'W8.20 Miles100 Yards00250K0Quitman
32.61964-12-26232°27'N / 85°11'W0025K0Russell
33.01972-07-03231°48'N / 85°59'W0.30 Mile200 Yards00250K0Pike
34.41954-03-13332°20'N / 85°02'W32°21'N / 85°01'W1.90 Miles880 Yards0025K0Russell
35.41953-04-18332°36'N / 85°35'W32°30'N / 85°00'W34.70 Miles33 Yards61952.5M0Lee
35.61986-11-25331°33'N / 85°46'W31°38'N / 85°42'W8.00 Miles200 Yards012.5M0Dale
35.81963-04-30232°27'N / 85°12'W32°27'N / 85°00'W11.70 Miles33 Yards0025K0Russell
35.81962-01-05231°45'N / 86°00'W2.00 Miles33 Yards0025K0Pike
36.61994-03-09231°36'N / 85°50'W31°36'N / 85°46'W3.00 Miles100 Yards00500K50KCoffee
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down about two miles east of Frisco in the New Hope Community causing extensive damage. Five homes and two mobile homes were damaged; one chicken house was destroyed and five others were damaged. Two houses had the roofs blown completely off.
37.21958-02-06231°43'N / 86°07'W31°50'N / 85°59'W11.30 Miles200 Yards0025K0Pike
37.42002-11-05231°34'N / 85°18'W31°36'N / 85°13'W6.00 Miles200 Yards1203.0M0Henry
 Brief Description: The supercell thunderstorm which spawned the tornado in Dale County, produced another tornado which touched down just west of U.S. Highway 431, and tore through the center of Abbeville. It destroyed several single-family homes and mobile homes, and severely damaged numerous other homes and businesses, including the high school. Uprooted trees and power lines littered city streets, with nearly 2,000 residents without electricity. Twenty people were injured, with a half of those hospitalized. A man died when the tornado destroyed his home on Rock Hill Circle. Henry County was declared a state disaster area. Reported by the Henry County EMA. M54PH
37.51954-03-13332°21'N / 85°01'W32°22'N / 84°56'W5.10 Miles600 Yards22025.0M0Chattahoochee
37.61956-12-23232°25'N / 86°01'W32°36'N / 85°49'W17.30 Miles100 Yards000K0Elmore
38.01991-03-29232°28'N / 85°04'W2.00 Miles300 Yards0162.5M0Russell
39.31996-03-06232°20'N / 86°08'W32°23'N / 86°05'W4.00 Miles200 Yards2171.5M0Montgomery
 Brief Description: The fourth in a series of four tornadoes across southern and eastern Montgomery cut a swath of destruction about 4 miles in length in an area just outside the city limits of Montgomery. The tornado began in an open field just south of a small housing development called Ranchette Estates. The tornado travelled on a path toward the northeast moving across the Country Estates Mobile Home Park where two men were killed and a number of others were injured. The tornado continued toward the northeast damaging the Georgia Washington Junior High School. It ended shortly after damaging a number of houses in the Bridlebrook Farms sub-division. About 40 homes were damaged in the Bridlebrook Farms area while nearly all of the mobile homes in Country Estates were damaged or destroyed. Total path length was about 4 miles with a path width of 200 yards. This tornado actually represents the fifth damaging event that occurred in Montgomery County between 5:12 am and about 5:30 am. M25MH, M30MH
39.31961-03-31332°26'N / 85°02'W32°27'N / 84°59'W3.00 Miles167 Yards0725K0Russell
39.71961-04-27231°40'N / 86°00'W0225K0Pike
39.91975-01-10232°36'N / 85°14'W002.5M0Lee
40.02009-04-19232°27'N / 85°01'W32°28'N / 85°00'W1.00 Mile250 Yards00500K0KRussell
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down near the intersection of 22nd Avenue and 17th Street in Phenix City. It then traveled northeast through the south end of Phenix City, and crossed the Chattahoochee River and moved into Muscogee County Georgia. Five businesses sustained major damage, and seven homes received varying degrees of roof damage. At least 100 and as many as 200 trees were snapped or uprooted. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A powerful spring storm system and associated cold front brought numerous thunderstorms to central Alabama. Many of the storms produced large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes.
40.11980-04-13232°36'N / 85°27'W32°41'N / 85°17'W11.30 Miles440 Yards0132.5M0Lee
40.21984-03-05231°33'N / 85°49'W0.90 Mile50 Yards04250K0Coffee
40.41978-05-01232°28'N / 85°03'W32°29'N / 84°59'W4.30 Miles150 Yards04250K0Russell
40.51984-05-03232°31'N / 85°04'W0.40 Mile100 Yards01250K0Lee
40.82009-02-28232°35'N / 85°15'W32°36'N / 85°07'W8.00 Miles500 Yards031.1M0KLee
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down southwest of the community of Salem. It then moved just north of due east, crossing US-280 and several smaller county roads, before lifting at CR-379. Winds estimated at 125-130 mph destroyed 6 mobile homes and 4 site built homes, badly damaged 8 homes, and caused minor damage to 9 others. Two area businesses were destroyed, one other received minor damage, and one school building was damaged. Hundreds of trees were snapped off and uprooted, and one 18-wheeler was overturned. There were three minor injuries reported, only one that required hospitalization. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A slow moving cold front brought an extended period of severe weather and heavy rain, that lasted about 24 hours. The storms produced damaging winds, large hail, flooding rains, and at least 4 tornadoes.
41.01969-04-18431°56'N / 86°27'W32°13'N / 86°00'W32.80 Miles500 Yards00250K0Crenshaw
41.82006-11-15232°19'N / 86°14'W32°24'N / 86°05'W7.00 Miles250 Yards06500K0KMontgomery
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The Montgomery tornado touched down approximately 1.4 miles southwest of the Shakespeare Festival, and tracked northeastward across the Woodmere and Beauvoir Lakes Subdivisions. The tornado then crossed Interstate 85 at Bell Road and continued northeastward to the Atlanta Highway, just west of Taylor Road. Numerous trees were snapped off or downed along the path with minor roof damage to numerous homes. Near the Atlanta Highway, the tornado crossed the A.U.M. ball field complex and struck the Montgomery Postal Processing and Distribution Center and Post Office. The main doors of the post office were blown in and portions of the roof were lifted off to the north. Numerous trees were snapped off at ground level on the south and west sides of the building. A tractor trailer was completely turned around and moved 30 yards and flipped over. Other postal vehicles and cars in the parking lot were moved or received significant damage. Just to the north, the tornado produced major damage to the Fun Zone Skating Rink. This was a large metal building structure which was nearly totally destroyed. Several vehicles were tossed around and significantly damaged or crushed by debris from the building. As the tornado crossed the Atlanta Highway, several metal power poles were either significantly bent or downed. At the Saddleback Ridge Apartment Complex, at least two apartment buildings lost their roofs and portions of the second floor. The tornado continued another 2.25 miles northeastward, ending in a field just south of Wares Ferry Road. Six people suffered minor injuries. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong storm system brought severe weather and heavy rainfall to much of Central Alabama.
42.41954-12-05231°58'N / 84°57'W32°09'N / 84°39'W21.60 Miles100 Yards120250K0Stewart
42.71974-01-20231°43'N / 86°07'W0025K0Pike
42.71956-12-23232°08'N / 86°25'W32°25'N / 86°01'W30.50 Miles100 Yards010K0Montgomery
43.41961-03-31332°27'N / 84°59'W32°31'N / 84°56'W5.20 Miles33 Yards0025K0Muscogee
43.71953-04-18332°30'N / 85°00'W32°29'N / 84°55'W5.10 Miles400 Yards230025.0M0Muscogee
43.91997-01-05231°27'N / 85°20'W31°30'N / 85°14'W6.00 Miles100 Yards00180K0.0MHenry
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down north of Newville, knocking a small wood frame house off its blocks. Two miles further east the tornado caused extensive damage to a home and destroyed another unoccupied home. A barn was destroyed and several vehicles were damaged. The tornado then damaged a house two miles further east. Finally, another two miles east it damaged a house.
43.91973-12-30331°27'N / 85°39'W1.50 Miles120 Yards0143K0Dale
44.31954-12-05332°41'N / 85°25'W32°40'N / 85°05'W19.40 Miles100 Yards04250K0Lee
44.31961-04-09232°03'N / 84°48'W32°05'N / 84°44'W4.90 Miles300 Yards000K0Stewart
46.01978-05-01232°29'N / 84°59'W32°30'N / 84°50'W8.90 Miles150 Yards032.5M0Muscogee
46.21986-11-25331°23'N / 85°56'W31°33'N / 85°46'W14.00 Miles200 Yards032.5M0Coffee
46.42007-03-01232°29'N / 85°00'W32°34'N / 84°52'W9.00 Miles300 Yards0128.0M0KMuscogee
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A survey conducted by the National Weather Service in Peachtree City and the National Weather Service in Calera, Alabama, concluded that an EF2 tornado, that originated in Russell county, Alabama, tracked across northwest and north central Muscogee county. The tornado first touched down in extreme northeast Russell county, Alabama about three miles from the Georgia border, then crossed into extreme southeast Lee county, Alabama, and then entered Georgia as it moved across the north end of Lake Oliver, about 1.5 miles west-southwest of Green Island Hills. The tornado continued to travel east-northeast across north Muscogee county, including the north suburbs of Columbus (Green Island Hills, Brookstone, Autumn Ridge, Hamilton Station, and Old Moon Road), before finally lifting three miles west of Midland in north central Muscogee county. The overall tornado path length was approximately 12 miles, with about nine miles of the tornado path within Georgia. The maximum path width was 300 yards. The heaviest damage occurred in the 6200 block of Brookstone Boulevard just north of U.S. Highway 80 in the northwest part of Columbus. Several homes in this area suffered heavy damage and at least one injury was confirmed. In addition, several commercial buildings on Veterans Parkway sustained substantial structural damage. Windows were blown out, large air conditioning units were tossed about, large metal business signs were blown down, and power poles were twisted and blown down. The Hawthorn Suites on North Lake Parkway was destroyed from roof and water damage. Nearby, the Ramada Inn under construction also suffered considerable damage while a nearby Holiday Inn Express sustained minor damage. In addition, several churches, including Wynnbrook Baptist, Saint Mark's United Methodist, and Old Moon Road Churches were heavily damaged. Hundreds of trees were down in the area, a number of which fell on parked cars. Many power lines were down and thousands were left without power, some for over a day. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A major, negatively tilted and closed upper trough rotated through the mid-south and southeast U.S. on March 1st. A 150kt jet was located over the region at 250mb with a strong 50kt low-level jet from central Alabama into central Tennessee. A wedge of cool air was present over much of north central and northeast Georgia. Rain, which spread over this area early in the day, helped enhance the wedge of cool air. Little to no severe weather was noted north of the wedge boundary across north Georgia where the air mass remained relatively cool and stable. Meanwhile...a warm, humid air mass was present across much of central and south Georgia where dewpoints had risen well into the 60s during the afternoon. The strong upper dynamics present over this region combined with the instability just south of the wedge provided a very favorable environment for long lived, strong tornadoes. A total of 14 tornadoes affecting 17 counties tracked across central and east central Georgia and within the Peachtree City, Georgia county warning area during the late afternoon and evening hours of March 1st. This was the second greatest number of tornadoes recorded to have occurred in the Peachtree City, Georgia forecast area within a 24-hour period, second only to the 16 tornadoes, affecting 18 counties, associated with Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. The March 1st tornadoes spanned an area from Stewart county in the far southwest part of the county warning area to Warren county in the far east central portion of the county warning area. The first tornado touched down in Stewart county at 4:11 pm EST and the last tornado lifted in Marion county at 10:55 pm EST. By far the hardest hit county was Sumter county, and especially the city of Americus, where hundreds of homes and business, including the regional hospital, were heavily damaged or destroyed. Additional tornadoes were reported further south in Tallahassee and Jacksonville's, Florida's forecast areas. Federal disaster assistance had been approved for 1,836 households across the state for a total of $14.2 million. Another $5.8 million had been approved for public assistance of debris removal and to repair infrastructure. The Small Business Association also approved $7 million in disaster assistance loans. Overall damages, however, are estimated to be several hundred million. Substantial rainfall fell across much of the state, but rainfall amounts of three to five inches were common across central and east central areas. The heaviest rainfall fell in the Hancock, Putnam, and Baldwin county areas, where some spots received in excess of six inches of rain. Some flooding was reported in these areas.
47.21972-01-10232°44'N / 85°35'W32°47'N / 85°33'W4.50 Miles50 Yards0025K0Chambers
47.61973-12-29331°21'N / 85°21'W31°30'N / 85°10'W15.00 Miles70 Yards022.5M0Henry
47.71984-03-05231°21'N / 85°44'W31°27'N / 85°39'W8.00 Miles50 Yards01425.0M0Dale
48.21954-04-16231°20'N / 85°48'W31°27'N / 85°34'W16.00 Miles100 Yards0125K0Dale
48.21965-09-29231°42'N / 86°13'W0225K0Crenshaw
48.61976-03-12332°37'N / 86°04'W32°39'N / 86°00'W4.90 Miles400 Yards0152.5M0Elmore
48.91979-11-25332°23'N / 86°15'W32°30'N / 86°14'W8.30 Miles150 Yards0202.5M0Montgomery
49.71996-03-18332°39'N / 86°01'W32°44'N / 85°55'W10.00 Miles440 Yards00700K50KElmore
 Brief Description: A tornado began on the northeast side of Eclectic and extended for 10 miles in Elmore County crossing the Elmore-Tallapoosa county line just east of Highway 63. The tornado continued for another 14 miles in Tallapoosa County crossing Lake Martin and ending on the north side of Jacksons Gap not far from where a tornado had occurred earlier in the evening. This was classified as an F3 tornado with a total damage path of 24 miles with a width of a quarter of a mile at the widest. Numerous buildings of all types were damaged along the track. Some of the most intense damage occurred as the tornado emerged from crossing Lake Martin in the Peckerwood area just southwest of Jacksons Gap. Numerous permanent homes and mobile homes were seriously damaged or destroyed.
50.01955-10-16231°19'N / 85°48'W31°25'N / 85°35'W14.50 Miles100 Yards052.5M0Dale


* 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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