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

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

Earthquake Index, #292

Prescott, MI

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

Prescott, MI

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, #561

Prescott, MI

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 1,719 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Prescott, MI were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

Avalanche:0Blizzard:22Cold:16Dense Fog:5Drought:2
Dust Storm:0Flood:60Hail:460Heat:10Heavy Snow:169
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:24Landslide:0Strong Wind:42
Thunderstorm Winds:700Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:4Winter Storm:113Winter Weather:29

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Prescott, MI.

Historical Earthquake Events

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

No historical earthquake events found in or near Prescott, MI.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 32 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Prescott, MI.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
1.71974-04-12244°10'N / 83°56'W0.80 Mile100 Yards003K0Ogemaw
4.61993-04-24244°09'N / 84°08'W44°13'N / 83°55'W7.00 Miles440 Yards0350K0Arenac And Ogemaw
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down in Alger in extreme northwest Arenac County around 1822 EST. The tornado moved northeast and lifted briefly after crossing Highway M-33. The tornado touched down with greater strength just before crossing into Ogemaw County where the Rifle River crosses the Ogemaw/Arenac County line. The tornado then moved into Mills Township/Skidway Lake through a subdivision comprised mainly of mobile homes and cottages, reaching F2 strength. It lifted briefly, about 0.75 mile northeast of the river, then touched down again and traveled another 6 miles, moving out of dense woods and into mostly open fields. A total of 17 mobile homes, 3 homes or cottages, 7 travel trailers, 4 garages, a barn, and 3 vehicles were destroyed or badly damaged. Six people, in 3 of the mobile homes that were completely destroyed were warned by the approaching roar, and in each case, took some action that ultimately saved their lives. Three were hospitalized with injuries. The tornado lifted just west of Prescott. Tree and power line damage occurred with the tornado itself, and up to 0.1 mile either side of the tornado path. Structure damage and personal property loss in Ogemaw County is estimated at around $250,000, with another $110,000 in tree damage or loss.
8.61976-03-30344°16'N / 83°56'W44°22'N / 83°55'W6.40 Miles117 Yards17250K0Ogemaw
11.51991-03-27344°20'N / 83°58'W44°23'N / 83°54'W2.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Ogemaw
12.71976-03-30344°10'N / 84°12'W44°20'N / 84°09'W11.40 Miles100 Yards010250K0Ogemaw
13.61991-03-27244°15'N / 84°16'W44°19'N / 84°05'W6.00 Miles100 Yards00250K0Ogemaw
14.01976-03-30344°08'N / 84°13'W44°10'N / 84°12'W000K0Gladwin
15.71977-07-04244°03'N / 83°41'W2.50 Miles90 Yards01250K0Arenac
18.61991-03-27344°23'N / 83°54'W44°30'N / 83°41'W10.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Iosco
20.11991-03-27344°27'N / 83°53'W44°30'N / 83°48'W4.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Iosco
20.81973-07-31243°53'N / 84°00'W43°54'N / 83°56'W2.30 Miles20 Yards0025K0Bay
21.81991-03-27344°29'N / 84°03'W44°30'N / 84°05'W7.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Ogemaw
26.11953-06-08244°20'N / 83°38'W44°27'N / 83°20'W16.60 Miles833 Yards413250K0Iosco
29.41991-03-27344°30'N / 83°48'W44°39'N / 83°33'W10.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Alcona
31.41975-05-21244°01'N / 84°31'W1.60 Miles33 Yards003K0Gladwin
33.11991-03-27344°30'N / 83°41'W44°37'N / 83°19'W23.00 Miles100 Yards002.5M0Alcona
33.21976-03-30244°36'N / 83°41'W44°39'N / 83°36'W4.90 Miles150 Yards000K0Alcona
34.51955-06-07243°50'N / 84°29'W43°53'N / 84°25'W3.80 Miles100 Yards0025K0Gladwin
35.41984-06-12343°42'N / 83°44'W43°57'N / 83°08'W38.00 Miles500 Yards002.5M0Huron
37.12007-10-18244°38'N / 84°18'W44°45'N / 84°07'W12.00 Miles865 Yards001.4M0KOscoda
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The Oscoda County tornado may have been the strongest of the six on the day. Thankfully, it spent almost all of its lifetime in unpopulated areas of the Huron National Forest, though that makes its strength difficult to estimate. Tens of thousands of trees were estimated to have been uprooted or otherwise downed, and many power lines were downed. About 16 structures were damaged, mostly outbuildings or cabins. Three cabins, near Cherry Lane and Cherry Creek Road, were destroyed. Winds were estimated at 115 mph, making it an EF2. EPISODE NARRATIVE: An historic tornado outbreak rocked Northern Lower Michigan on the afternoon and evening of October 18th. The day started out cool and rainy, but a dry slot aloft allowed sunshine to break out in the afternoon. Temperatures rose into the lower to middle 70s in parts of the area. The warm and humid air was unstable enough to fuel multiple rounds of thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evening hours. There was a tremendous amount of shear in the atmosphere, and many storms quickly became supercells with rotating updrafts. This was an environment conducive to tornadoes, as several lines of discrete supercells crossed Northern Lower Michigan. Northern Lower Michigan had a record six tornadoes on the day. The previous high was five, set on June 17 1992. Unfortunately, the Kalkaska tornado produced a fatality. That was the first tornado fatality in Northern Lower Michigan since March 30 1976, when a single death occurred in Ogemaw County.
38.31984-06-12343°35'N / 83°56'W43°42'N / 83°44'W10.00 Miles500 Yards022.5M0Bay
39.41999-05-31243°39'N / 84°14'W43°40'N / 84°12'W1.80 Miles200 Yards00150K0Midland
 Brief Description: Warm, moist air blanketed lower Michigan, as a low pressure system moved slowly north along a nearly stationary cold front in Wisconsin. A number of showers and thunderstorms developed in the warm sector. There was only one severe weather event, but that unfortunately was a strong tornado that hit the north side of the city of Midland. Touchdown occurred at an apartment complex on the west side of Eastman Avenue (which is the US-10 business loop into downtown Midland). Power lines and trees were downed on both sides of Eastman Avenue, although little damage was done to structures. The tornado strengthened as it moved northeast across Woodpark Drive, uprooting trees, blowing out windows, and removing rain gutters and siding. Some trees were downed onto nearby homes. The tornado reached its maximum intensity as it crossed Wackerly Road. It struck a Holiday Inn Convention Center, located between Wackerly Road and the US-10 freeway. The roof of the convention center was blown off, with some debris blown across the freeway. An air conditioner from the roof was tossed onto a nearby parked car. Several doors to the convention center were blown out. A trash can from the hotel area was blown onto US-10, where it struck a car. The tornado weakened as it crossed the US-10 freeway. It moved through the parking lot of a Target store, at the southeast corner of Midland Mall. An outdoor shopping cart holder was thrown into a nearby field, and several trees were destroyed. As the tornado continued northeast, it downed a pair of large trees midway between a nursery and a WalMart. Toward the end of its path, the tornado struck a church on Jefferson Avenue, just south of Letts Road. Large limbs were downed here, and siding was torn off some of the church buildings. A youth center under construction was partially deroofed. This tornado tied for the strongest to strike Midland County since 1950. The only previous F2 tornado occurred on April 14 1974. The May 31 1999 tornado was the first tornado of any strength to hit Midland County since June 17 1992.
41.41973-05-25244°22'N / 84°44'W000K0Roscommon
42.01957-06-22243°35'N / 83°55'W0025K0Bay
42.71965-04-11243°33'N / 83°52'W43°37'N / 83°41'W9.90 Miles33 Yards02250K0Bay
43.41999-07-03244°52'N / 84°09'W44°46'N / 83°55'W16.00 Miles120 Yards021.5M0Oscoda
 Brief Description: Continuation of Montmorency County tornado. Most extensive area of damage occurred here. See narrative below. Tornado continued into Alcona county. A thunderstorm developed rapidly over the city of Gaylord around 7 pm. The storm brought only very heavy rains to the city of Gaylord, then raced southeast toward Lewiston. By 720 pm, the storm was moving at 50 mph and strong rotation was noted, prompting a Tornado Warning. An F1 tornado formed just minutes after passing southeast of Lewiston. It then moved out of Montmorency county into Oscoda county. By 732 pm, the storm strengthened to an F2 and reached the city of Comins, cutting it in two. It completely destroyed a Parsonage, Mennonite Church, Township Hall, Fire Department and Post Office within the town of Comins. The storm also destroyed 10 homes and damaged 45 others, in addition to destroying 4 businesses and damaging 4 others. The park facilities on the east side of Comins also sustained substantial damage. The tornado continued out of Comins as an F1, continuing into Alcona county where 16 homes were damaged along the path from the county line to Barton City. The tornado lifted in the vicinity of Barton City around 8 pm. Extensive tree damage was also noted along the 20 mile damage path of the tornado, with path widths ranging from 60 to 120 yards.
43.91974-06-10244°28'N / 84°44'W0.30 Mile50 Yards003K0Roscommon
44.41965-04-11243°34'N / 83°38'W43°39'N / 83°29'W9.00 Miles33 Yards00250K0Tuscola
47.91973-05-20244°36'N / 84°43'W000K0Crawford
48.71974-07-04243°41'N / 83°15'W43°45'N / 83°10'W5.70 Miles33 Yards0025K0Huron
48.91953-06-08344°49'N / 83°28'W1.80 Miles100 Yards00250K0Alcona
49.41965-10-07243°47'N / 84°45'W2.00 Miles50 Yards0025K0Isabella

* 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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