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The chance of earthquake damage in Sewanee is lower than Tennessee average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Sewanee is higher than Tennessee average and is higher than the national average.

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

Earthquake Index, #448

Sewanee, TN
0.06
Tennessee
0.56
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

Sewanee, TN
0.0000
Tennessee
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, #307

Sewanee, TN
193.26
Tennessee
175.35
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 3,336 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Sewanee, TN were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:1Dense Fog:0Drought:0
Dust Storm:0Flood:378Hail:904Heat:0Heavy Snow:13
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:3Landslide:0Strong Wind:2
Thunderstorm Winds:1,866Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:13Winter Weather:0
Other:156 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Sewanee, TN.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 1 historical earthquake event that had a recorded magnitude of 3.5 or above found in or near Sewanee, TN.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
36.41964-02-184.41534.8-85.5

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 80 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Sewanee, TN.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
6.31974-04-03335°15'N / 86°00'W35°18'N / 85°58'W4.10 Miles100 Yards0025K0Franklin
8.41974-04-03335°18'N / 85°58'W35°20'N / 85°56'W3.00 Miles100 Yards010K0Coffee
8.51952-02-13335°15'N / 85°50'W35°16'N / 85°45'W5.10 Miles400 Yards02250K0Grundy
11.01974-04-03435°07'N / 86°09'W35°19'N / 86°05'W14.40 Miles800 Yards521250K0Franklin
14.71952-02-13435°12'N / 86°17'W35°13'N / 86°05'W11.40 Miles100 Yards335250K0Franklin
15.41974-04-03435°07'N / 86°19'W35°21'N / 86°04'W21.30 Miles33 Yards000K0Lincoln
16.91974-04-03435°21'N / 86°04'W35°30'N / 86°00'W11.00 Miles33 Yards000K0Franklin
18.02007-11-14235°03'N / 85°41'W35°02'N / 85°39'W2.00 Miles200 Yards092.5M0KMarion
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Nine injuries resulted from the EF2 rated tornado which heavily damaged the roof of the Kimball Baptist Church as well as damaging several vehicles in the church parking lot. The tornado also destroyed several modular homes between Main Street and Interstate 24. Peak wind speed was estimated at 130 mph with a path width of 200 yards. Path length was 2 miles. EPISODE NARRATIVE: High shear with moderate instability in the warm sector ahead of strong late Fall cold front. The Event was characterized by a few wind damage reports and an EF 2 tornado (Marion County) all across Southeast Tennessee.
18.81963-03-11235°00'N / 85°43'W35°09'N / 85°32'W14.70 Miles200 Yards06250K0Marion
19.91996-11-07235°03'N / 86°18'W35°08'N / 86°12'W7.90 Miles175 Yards01500K10KFranklin
 Brief Description: The tornado destroyed one home and six mobile homes, damaged close to a dozen other homes and mobile homes, and heavily damaged numerous farm buildings and storage sheds during its trek through Franklin county. Storm damage was estimated to be about 1/2 million dollars. The tornado stayed generally south of U.S. Route 64. The tornado first touched down west of Huntland on McClure Cemetery Road where it destroyed a mobile home and damaged two other homes. The tornado continued east and destroyed 2 mobile homes and a storage building on Indian Creek Road. The tornado continued east and crossed Main Street in Huntland and destroyed a large hay barn. The tornado treked northeast to Old Salem and took the roof off the Old Salem Church of Christ on Bean Creek Rd. The most extensive damage was in Maxwell. 2 moble homes were destroyed. One of these mobile homes were lifted off its moorings and thrown 40 feet and then hit a tree. The occupant of the mobile home sustained a broken nose, multiple cuts and bruises. The tornado continued northeast to Belvidere where it destroyed some farm buildings. The tornado went up into the clouds, but reappeared in Decherd where it damaged a home. The tornado went back up into the clouds, but touched down briefly at Oak Grove, where it did some damage and again at Alto. The tornado destroyed a house at Alto on Rutledge Hill Rd. There were numerous trees and power lines down along the track of the tornado. Path length and width of the tornado are approximations.
20.81952-02-13435°12'N / 86°18'W35°12'N / 86°17'W1.30 Miles100 Yards09250K0Moore
22.42001-10-24235°30'N / 86°04'W35°30'N / 86°04'W0.20 Mile20 Yards003.0M0Coffee
 Brief Description: Roof and one wall to a factory was blown off at Manchester Industrial Park. There was structural damage to other buildings in the Joint Industrial Park. Also, several trees were down. One estimate for damage from the combination of straight line winds and the tornadoes, which extended from the commercial vehicle weigh station at I-24 to the Manchester Industrial Park, continuing to Old Airport Road and the Ashbury community, were in the several millions of dollars.
23.01997-05-02235°01'N / 86°16'W35°00'N / 86°15'W0.90 Mile150 Yards0060K100KFranklin
 Brief Description: A half dozen farm related buildings sustained damage. About 100 big trees were blown down in an apple orchard on White Gap Road. The trees were lying in different directions.
23.51952-02-29235°32'N / 85°51'W1.00 Mile400 Yards0025K0Warren
24.32002-11-10235°27'N / 86°13'W35°32'N / 86°06'W2.00 Miles500 Yards0050K0Coffee
 Brief Description: The F2 tornado blew down a tree and a light pole at 3737 Woodbury Highway at mile marker 9 on Woodbury Highway. Also, two fully loaded tracker trailer trucks were blown around on I-24 near Busy Corner or mile marker 105. One truck was in the east bound lane and the other tracker trailer truck in the west bound lane of I-24. 11 tornadoes were reported in Middle Tennessee in one of the worst tornadic outbreaks ever in November. 8 people...and possibly a ninth victim...were killed in Middle Tennessee alone. Damage estimate for the tornadoes in Tennessee was placed at $160 million. Primary losses were due to houses and cars. The toll on government owned infrastructure is about $6 million. The federal government is expected to reimburse the state and affected counties for 75% of the costs of responding to the disaster. The FEMA Public Assistance Program has obligated more than $3.6 million to assist local governments. These funds will be used to reimburse local governments for debris removal, the repair of public buildings and utilities, and overtime paid to police officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel. More than 900 families across the state applied for storm aid. This was the worst tornado disaster since the April3-4 outbreak in 1974. The United States Small Business Administration has approved more than 9.7 million dollars in disaster loans to assist disaster victims with repairing their property or replacing lost personal items. The 20 counties that are eligible for disaster assistance to individuals, households, and businesses were: Anderson, Bedford, Bledsoe, Carroll, Coffee, Crockett, Cumberland, Fentress, Gibson, Henderson, Madison, Marshall, Montgomery, Morgan, Roane, Rutherford, Scott, Sumner and Tipton and Van Buren.
25.62002-11-10235°30'N / 86°13'W35°34'N / 86°01'W12.30 Miles450 Yards224250K0Coffee
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado killed 2 people and injured 24 others. The 2 people were inside their mobile home when the tornado struck. The mobile home was in the New Union Heights subdivision, off state Highway 53 north of Manchester. The boy was moved from his mobile home to the Hillcrest Baptist Church. He died in the church at 705 PM CST. A relative of the boy, a 43-year-old male, was also killed. He was impaled on the upright lid of a washing machine. 24 homes were destroyed, 51 other homes were damaged. 9 mobile homes were destroyed and 5 were damaged. 14 outbuildings also were damaged. M10MH, M43MH 11 tornadoes were reported in Middle Tennessee in one of the worst tornadic outbreaks ever in November. 8 people...and possibly a ninth victim...were killed in Middle Tennessee alone. Damage estimate for the tornadoes in Tennessee was placed at $160 million. Primary losses were due to houses and cars. The toll on government owned infrastructure is about $6 million. The federal government is expected to reimburse the state and affected counties for 75% of the costs of responding to the disaster. The FEMA Public Assistance Program has obligated more than $3.6 million to assist local governments. These funds will be used to reimburse local governments for debris removal, the repair of public buildings and utilities, and overtime paid to police officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel. More than 900 families across the state applied for storm aid. This was the worst tornado disaster since the April3-4 outbreak in 1974. The United States Small Business Administration has approved more than 9.7 million dollars in disaster loans to assist disaster victims with repairing their property or replacing lost personal items. The 20 counties that are eligible for disaster assistance to individuals, households, and businesses were: Anderson, Bedford, Bledsoe, Carroll, Coffee, Crockett, Cumberland, Fentress, Gibson, Henderson, Madison, Marshall, Montgomery, Morgan, Roane, Rutherford, Scott, Sumner and Tipton and Van Buren.
26.11957-01-22235°34'N / 85°59'W35°35'N / 85°54'W4.70 Miles30 Yards00250K0Coffee
26.91973-05-27235°00'N / 86°20'W00250K0Lincoln
27.31974-04-03435°00'N / 86°26'W35°07'N / 86°19'W10.40 Miles33 Yards000K0Lincoln
27.71974-04-03235°31'N / 85°46'W35°36'N / 85°39'W8.70 Miles100 Yards11250K0Warren
28.81961-03-13335°36'N / 85°55'W35°37'N / 85°45'W9.30 Miles250 Yards00250K0Warren
29.01988-06-18235°05'N / 86°27'W35°00'N / 86°21'W7.00 Miles73 Yards0025K0Lincoln
29.12002-11-10235°29'N / 86°19'W35°30'N / 86°16'W3.00 Miles500 Yards03100K0Bedford
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado struck near Bugscuffle and caused very minor injuries. A second floor was torn off 2 late model frame houses. Several houses had roofs stripped and a couple of barns were demolished. This tornado went into Coffee county. TEMA reported 5 homes destroyed, 6 damaged, one mobile home destroyed and a TVA 500 KV tower was destroyed. 11 tornadoes were reported in Middle Tennessee in one of the worst tornadic outbreaks ever in November. 8 people...and possibly a ninth victim...were killed in Middle Tennessee alone. Damage estimate for the tornadoes in Tennessee was placed at $160 million. Primary losses were due to houses and cars. The toll on government owned infrastructure is about $6 million. The federal government is expected to reimburse the state and affected counties for 75% of the costs of responding to the disaster. The FEMA Public Assistance Program has obligated more than $3.6 million to assist local governments. These funds will be used to reimburse local governments for debris removal, the repair of public buildings and utilities, and overtime paid to police officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel. More than 900 families across the state applied for storm aid. This was the worst tornado disaster since the April3-4 outbreak in 1974. The United States Small Business Administration has approved more than 9.7 million dollars in disaster loans to assist disaster victims with repairing their property or replacing lost personal items. The 20 counties that are eligible for disaster assistance to individuals, households, and businesses were: Anderson, Bedford, Bledsoe, Carroll, Coffee, Crockett, Cumberland, Fentress, Gibson, Henderson, Madison, Marshall, Montgomery, Morgan, Roane, Rutherford, Scott, Sumner and Tipton and Van Buren.
29.11974-04-03435°00'N / 86°30'W35°07'N / 86°19'W13.10 Miles800 Yards61002.5M0Lincoln
29.61988-05-09234°50'N / 85°54'W34°46'N / 85°33'W14.00 Miles50 Yards0025K0Jackson
30.61997-03-28235°28'N / 85°33'W35°29'N / 85°27'W6.00 Miles440 Yards00100K0Sequatchie
 Brief Description: The tornado started in the Savage Gulf State Natural area and went about 6 miles. It damaged 5 structures...including a grocery store in the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. The Tennessee Nitrate Technologies were completely destroyed near the junction of RT 111 and RT 8. The tornado dissipated on Mc Carver Loop Road. Tornado path length and width are approximations.
31.52008-12-10234°44'N / 86°04'W34°46'N / 86°00'W4.00 Miles300 Yards00300K0KJackson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado struck portions of central Jackson county around 1 AM CST Wednesday morning. This tornado initially snapped several cedar trees near county road 21, before toppling three TVA high voltage power line towers near Pikeville Alabama. It then rapidly proceeded northeast snapping trees, collapsing several barns, and ripping off roofs before lifting near the end of county road 34. According to Jackson County Emergency Management, the tornado and adjacent straight-line winds were to blame for up to twenty homes being damaged. Three mobile homes were destroyed and seven more were damaged. Nine barns were destroyed and three were damaged. The maximum wind speed with this tornado was estimated at 125 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A warm front pushed northeast from Mississippi into northern Alabama producing widespread rainfall during the afternoon of the 9th. A squall line then produced another round of heavy rainfall, along with several small bow echoes. One of these stronger bow echoes resulted in an EF-2 tornado in Jackson County after midnight on the 10th. Widespread rain amounts of 3 to 5 inches, locally near 6 inches, fell in Madison, Limestone, Morgan, and Lawrence counties resulting in widespread river and local flash flooding.
31.71964-08-12235°22'N / 85°24'W0.80 Mile33 Yards0625K0Sequatchie
31.71974-04-03334°48'N / 86°19'W34°51'N / 86°11'W8.30 Miles700 Yards042.5M0Jackson
32.91963-03-11235°41'N / 85°46'W35°37'N / 85°43'W5.20 Miles100 Yards00250K0Warren
33.01951-06-08234°58'N / 86°26'W023K0Madison
33.12009-04-10235°21'N / 85°22'W5.00 Miles175 Yards00100K0KSequatchie
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An F2 tornado with maximum wind speeds of 120 mph occurred around 2 miles south of Dunlap. The tornado initially touched down along Frank Tate Road with a maximum wind speed of 90 mph (EF-1) and a width of 100 yards. The tornado continued in a northeast path and increased in size to an EF-2 with a maximum wind speed of 120 mph and a width of 175 yards. Several large hardwood trees were snapped off near the trunk base with extensive damage occurring in a concentrated path. The tornado continued its northeast movement and finally weakened to a EF-1 with a maximum wind speed of 100 mph as it dissipated at the foothill of Signal Mountain. A school and several homes suffered minor to moderate wind damage along the nearly 5 mile of the tornado. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front tracked across east Tennessee during the afternoon and evening hours. The resulting squall line triggered numerous thunderstorm wind damage reports along with large hail. Three tornadoes were also reported. One person was injured.
34.51952-02-13335°13'N / 86°36'W35°13'N / 86°28'W7.40 Miles350 Yards02250K0Lincoln
34.91953-01-20235°42'N / 85°51'W0.50 Mile500 Yards0025K0Warren
35.02008-02-06434°40'N / 85°50'W34°45'N / 85°41'W11.00 Miles660 Yards1120K0KJackson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Representatives from the National Weather Service and the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency conducted a storm survey of damage that occurred in Jackson County, Alabama early in the morning of February 6, 2008. The damage was determined to originate from a strong tornado, which at its peak had winds of at least 180 MPH, giving it a rating of EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The most significant damage occurred at the corner of County Road 60 and 177, between the Rosalie and Pisgah communities in eastern Jackson County. This is also approximately the location where one fatality occurred. Trees along the tornado path were snapped and in some cases shredded, several houses were swept from their foundations, and a large section of a chicken house collapsed. Several large hay bales (weighing 2,500 pounds) were blown apart or tossed around. EPISODE NARRATIVE: The WFO Huntsville County Warning Area experienced the worst tornado outbreak in 19 years on February 6, 2008. While the number of observed tornadoes was low (4), the area experienced two EF-4 tornadoes, the first time the area has witnessed more than one devastating tornado on the same day since 1974. This event was part of a large tornado outbreak which spanned both February 5th (Super Tuesday) and 6th (Wednesday). A series of tornadic supercell thunderstorms swept across the Mid-South and Southeast states ahead of a potent cold front.
35.22008-04-11235°31'N / 86°26'W35°35'N / 86°19'W7.00 Miles200 Yards00100K0KBedford
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A low end EF2 tornado leveled 2 barns, took part of a roof and the back walls of a residential home at 2309 Fairfield Pike. Trees were snapped and uprooted. Other homes had roof damage. Utility poles were bent along the path of the tornado. EPISODE NARRATIVE: There were six confirmed tornadoes on April 11, 2008. Large hail and straight line winds were also reported.
35.41994-06-26235°20'N / 85°19'W2.00 Miles100 Yards00500K0Sequatchie
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down near Lewis Chapel. A church and a mobile home and another mobile home were destroyed. Two other homes were damaged. Several trees were blown down as well.
35.91955-02-01235°34'N / 86°26'W35°36'N / 86°16'W9.40 Miles1000 Yards00250K0Bedford
36.11965-04-15334°42'N / 85°45'W34°42'N / 85°42'W3.00 Miles50 Yards02250K0Jackson
37.12003-05-05335°16'N / 86°35'W35°16'N / 86°34'W1.60 Miles700 Yards0250K0Lincoln
 Brief Description: The Oak Hill Baptist Church on Wiley Hollow Road was heavily damaged. The church was established in 1883. The nearby residence of the pastor had major roof damage. One of the parishioners was going to take shelter at the church. The tornado carried his truck over the roof of the church and crashed it on top of a nearby tree and utility pole. Also, a frame home on U.S Highway 231 was completely leveled in Belleville and the debris was burned on the spot. There were 2 injuries. One was due to a tree falling on a truck.
37.21988-05-09234°46'N / 85°33'W34°45'N / 85°32'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0025K0Dekalb
37.41952-02-29435°09'N / 86°35'W2.00 Miles300 Yards21502.5M0Lincoln
37.51995-04-21235°03'N / 85°17'W10.00 Miles75 Yards000.1M0Hamilton
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down over parts of suburban Chattanooga. The tornado most of its damage in a 16-block area. Overall 80 buildings were damaged. Of the 80 buildings damaged, 50 of them were homes and 30 of the buildings were businesses. Several apartments suffered roof damage and 43 persons were evacuated.
37.51992-11-22234°40'N / 85°41'W34°45'N / 85°35'W7.00 Miles73 Yards040K0Dekalb
37.91965-04-15334°42'N / 85°42'W34°42'N / 85°35'W6.60 Miles50 Yards00250K0Dekalb
38.22010-10-25234°39'N / 85°45'W34°44'N / 85°33'W10.00 Miles300 Yards00500K0KDekalb
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF-2 tornado with peak winds up to 115 mph continued it's track from Jackson into DeKalb County producing it's worst damage near the intersection of County Road 134 and 131. At this location, a cinder-block foundation shed was completely destroyed. The tornado continued northeast lifting much of a roof and portions of a brick exterior of a home along County Roady 886. It also destroyed a 20 by 20 foot shed. As the tornado moved into the town of Ider, it destroyed the bleachers and scoreboard at the Ider High School football field. The bleachers were solid concrete and were reinforced with 1/2 inch thick rebar. Additional damage was observed along Highway 75 as the tornado tracked into Dade County, Georgia. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A quasi-linear convective system (QLCS) produced three tornadoes in northeast Alabama, including one EF-2 which tracked through portions of Jackson and DeKalb Counties. Severe weather began as early as late evening on the 24th and lasted through the pre-dawn hours on the 25th. Two people were also injured by lightning in Colbert County.
38.22002-04-28235°43'N / 86°10'W35°43'N / 86°09'W0.90 Mile30 Yards0000Cannon
 Brief Description: One residence was destroyed along with 3 mobile homes. 6 other mobile homes had minor damage.
38.51992-11-22234°45'N / 85°31'W34°47'N / 85°28'W3.50 Miles500 Yards00250K0Dade
39.01973-05-19234°40'N / 86°02'W34°36'N / 85°47'W14.90 Miles900 Yards092.5M0Jackson
39.31997-03-29335°03'N / 85°19'W35°03'N / 85°11'W8.00 Miles100 Yards04445.0M0Hamilton
 Brief Description: In Hamilton county...the tornado first touched down in the Tiftonia community just west of downtown Chattanooga around 1:10 am EDT. As the tornado moved due east across the southern part of the county, 50 homes were completely destroyed. Another 600 homes and one business were heavily damaged. Most of the damage was concentrated in the East Brainerd community. There, about half of the 180-unit Hickory Villa apartment complex was destroyed, and 18 of 23 townhomes of the Hickory Trace complex were destroyed. Two more apartment complexes, Hickory Valley and Ledford Apartments, were severely damaged. Around 20000 homes were without electricity after the storm. Most power had been restored by Monday morning. In Bradley county...the tornado destroyed 5 poultry farms, 4 homes, and 4 mobile homes. Another 45 homes, 16 mobile homes and 3 poultry farms were damaged.
39.41973-05-19234°57'N / 86°33'W2.00 Miles500 Yards010250K0Madison
39.62010-10-25234°37'N / 85°51'W34°39'N / 85°45'W6.00 Miles300 Yards00150K0KJackson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF-2 tornado with peak winds up to 115 mph touched down along Highway 40 just east of Highway 71. Significant damage occurred at highway 40 and County Road 22. A couple of sheds were destroyed and numerous large trees were snapped and uprooted. A single-wide manufactured home was lifted 4 to 6 feet off its foundation along County Road 382 north of Highway 40. Additional damage occurred along County Road 134 before the tornado crossed into DeKalb County. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A quasi-linear convective system (QLCS) produced three tornadoes in northeast Alabama, including one EF-2 which tracked through portions of Jackson and DeKalb Counties. Severe weather began as early as late evening on the 24th and lasted through the pre-dawn hours on the 25th. Two people were also injured by lightning in Colbert County.
40.61989-11-15434°44'N / 86°26'W34°47'N / 86°22'W6.00 Miles880 Yards00250.0M0Madison
40.71973-05-27234°36'N / 85°59'W34°37'N / 85°55'W4.30 Miles500 Yards04250K0Jackson
41.91977-04-04234°33'N / 85°59'W34°38'N / 85°55'W6.90 Miles100 Yards01250K0Jackson
42.11963-03-11234°53'N / 86°48'W34°57'N / 86°22'W25.00 Miles33 Yards002.5M0Madison
42.12010-10-26235°07'N / 85°11'W1.00 Mile100 Yards06200K0KHamilton
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: NWS storm survey determined an EF2 tornado with maximum wind speed of 125 mph and a length of 1.2 miles with a path width of 100 yards touched down in the vicinity of the Chickamauga Dam. Damage from the storm included a roof torn off an apartment complex, a cement plant demolished, several vehicles on Highway 153 damaged and numerous trees and powerlines downed. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front tracked through the region triggering scattered severe thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours. Storm reports contained mainly damaging thunderstorm wind, but an EF2 tornado formed in Hamilton County. Six people were injured. Tornadoes also formed in Bradley, Loudon and Marion Counties.
43.31974-04-03534°50'N / 86°47'W35°00'N / 86°26'W22.90 Miles33 Yards51100K0Madison
43.51997-05-02234°52'N / 86°35'W34°53'N / 86°35'W1.30 Miles70 Yards01600K0KMadison
 Brief Description: A short but powerful tornado struck the area northwest of Meridianville destroying four homes along with major damage to two otehrs and minor damage to twelve more. The tornado path began in an hope area just southwest of the Colonial Golf Course. The torndo moved through a small subdivision on the north and east sides of the golf course and moved into an open area again as it dissipated.
43.81973-05-19234°36'N / 85°47'W34°33'N / 85°46'W3.60 Miles900 Yards003K0Dekalb
44.31997-01-24235°29'N / 86°38'W35°31'N / 86°36'W2.80 Miles400 Yards03250K0Bedford
 Brief Description: Most of the damage from the tornado occurred in Wheel and just to the east of Wheel. 1 home was destroyed and 3 homes were damaged. Also a general store was damaged along with one mobile home. 2 mobile homes were destroyed. There were 3 minor injuries. Tornado path width and length are approximations.
44.91976-03-20234°46'N / 86°31'W0.50 Mile20 Yards00250K0Madison
45.32002-04-28335°45'N / 86°22'W35°46'N / 86°19'W3.20 Miles350 Yards0312.3M0Rutherford
 Brief Description: 31 people were injured. Most of them were treated and released from the hospital. 6 people had to be hospitalized, and one person was seriously injured and had to be Life-Flighted to Vanderbilt hospital. 7 mobile homes were destroyed, and one mobile home had major damage and another mobile home had minor damage. 5 residences were destroyed, 10 residences had major damage and 36 residences had minor damage. 2 horse banrs were destroyed, and 6 horses/and or cattle were killed. The tornado touched down on W. Gum Road, just west of I-24. Interstate 24 was littered with tree limbs and debris at one point. The tornado lifted up around Mankin-McKnight Rd. This storm complex moved into Cannon county and produced another tornado near Bradyville. Damage assessment in Rutherford county by the Emergency Management Agency was placed at 2.3 million dollars.
45.52009-04-10334°32'N / 85°55'W34°33'N / 85°46'W10.00 Miles440 Yards000K0KDekalb
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This destructive tornado continued to move east northeast from Jackson county into Dekalb county. Just on the east side of Highway 35, a large metal industrial building that was securely anchored into the ground was completely destroyed. In Sylvania, significant damage occurred to several homes in the Stonebrook division. One home was completely lifted off its foundation and driven nearly 4 feet into the ground. Sporadic damage continued just to the east of Sylvania until the tornado apparently lifted between 335 and 340 PM CDT, just south of the Mahan Crossroads community in west central Dekalb county. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong upper level storm moving across the Mississipi Valley brought a dry line and cold front into north Alabama during the afternoon and early evening hours. Several classic supercell thunderstorms developed by early afternoon in northwest Alabama, sweeping across the remainder of north Alabama during mid to late afternoon hours. Many of the storms produced very large hail, up to baseball and softball sized, producing significant damage, especially from Decatur through Madison and northwest Huntsville. One of the supercells produced a long track tornado producing damage of up to EF-3 intensity which struck northeastern Marshall County, crossed Lake Guntersville, and moved into southern DeKalb County.
45.91985-08-16235°06'N / 86°43'W35°12'N / 86°45'W7.00 Miles70 Yards003K0Lincoln
46.82002-11-10235°45'N / 85°28'W35°45'N / 85°25'W2.90 Miles100 Yards0075K0Van Buren
 Brief Description: EMA reported a frame house was demolished at intersection of Highway 111 and Highway 30. 11 tornadoes were reported in Middle Tennessee in one of the worst tornadic outbreaks ever in November. 8 people...and possibly a ninth victim...were killed in Middle Tennessee alone. Damage estimate for the tornadoes in Tennessee was placed at $160 million. Primary losses were due to houses and cars. The toll on government owned infrastructure is about $6 million. The federal government is expected to reimburse the state and affected counties for 75% of the costs of responding to the disaster. The FEMA Public Assistance Program has obligated more than $3.6 million to assist local governments. These funds will be used to reimburse local governments for debris removal, the repair of public buildings and utilities, and overtime paid to police officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel. More than 900 families across the state applied for storm aid. This was the worst tornado disaster since the April3-4 outbreak in 1974. The United States Small Business Administration has approved more than 9.7 million dollars in disaster loans to assist disaster victims with repairing their property or replacing lost personal items. The 20 counties that are eligible for disaster assistance to individuals, households, and businesses were: Anderson, Bedford, Bledsoe, Carroll, Coffee, Crockett, Cumberland, Fentress, Gibson, Henderson, Madison, Marshall, Montgomery, Morgan, Roane, Rutherford, Scott, Sumner and Tipton and Van Buren.
46.91958-04-06334°28'N / 86°05'W34°35'N / 85°59'W9.90 Miles100 Yards00250K0Jackson
46.91961-03-08234°54'N / 85°18'W34°56'N / 85°02'W15.20 Miles600 Yards00250K0Catoosa
47.21997-01-24235°08'N / 86°47'W35°11'N / 86°44'W4.20 Miles200 Yards00250K0Lincoln
 Brief Description: Hot Rock area was hardest hit. 3 homes were totally destroyed and 9 more were damaged by the tornado. 14 outbuildings and one house trailer were damaged. Tornado path width and length are approximations.
47.32009-04-10334°30'N / 86°06'W34°32'N / 85°55'W14.00 Miles440 Yards000K0KJackson
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Just east of CR 67, this tornado continued east northeast from Marshall county and into southern Jackson county. Several homes were destroyed in the Macedonia community along with numerous large trees uprooted and snapped. Three TVA high voltage powerline towers also collapsed. As the tornado approached Powell, a double wide manufactured home was shifted off its foundation with total roof collapse and complete destruction to the front of the home. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong upper level storm moving across the Mississipi Valley brought a dry line and cold front into north Alabama during the afternoon and early evening hours. Several classic supercell thunderstorms developed by early afternoon in northwest Alabama, sweeping across the remainder of north Alabama during mid to late afternoon hours. Many of the storms produced very large hail, up to baseball and softball sized, producing significant damage, especially from Decatur through Madison and northwest Huntsville. One of the supercells produced a long track tornado producing damage of up to EF-3 intensity which struck northeastern Marshall County, crossed Lake Guntersville, and moved into southern DeKalb County.
48.21997-01-24235°52'N / 86°02'W35°55'N / 86°00'W3.20 Miles440 Yards02150K0Cannon
 Brief Description: The tornado destroyed 1 home and damaged 10 others. 2 mobile homes were damaged. 2 people were injured, but they were treated and released. Many barns and outbuildings were damaged. Numerous trees were down on State Rt 53 causing portions of the road to be blocked. Tornado path width and length are approximations.
48.41995-05-18434°50'N / 87°02'W34°48'N / 86°15'W39.00 Miles1300 Yards1555.0M0Limestone
 Brief Description: A supercell thunderstorm produced a violent tornado that began 3 miles northwest of Athens in Limestone County and moved on a path just slightly north of east completely across Madison County before ending in northwestern Jackson County about 15 miles northwest of Scottsboro. The tornado path varied from very narrow at the beginning and end to about three-quarters of a mile wide at the widest location in Madison County. Intensity varied from F0 intensity near both ends of the track to F4 at the strongest in several locations in Madison County. Damage along the track was primarily in the F2 and F3 category. Evidence in the damage as seen through an aerial survey indicated that the tornado was probably a multiple vortex with indications of at least two vortices within the main tornado funnel. The tornado began at 1633 CST in Limestone County crossing Interstate 65 and Highway 251 where the mobile home park was destroyed. It reached the Limestone/Madison county line at 1650 CST. The trek across Madison County saw the tornado move near the communities of Harvest, Meridianville, Buckhorn, and Fannings Crossing before moving into the rugged terrain of eastern Madison County. The tornado crossed the Madison/Jackson county line at 1721 CST. The tornado track was much weaker in Jackson County as it moved through rugged terrain affecting very few structures. The track ended about 15 miles northwest of Scottsboro or a few miles west of the community of Hytop. Damage was the heaviest at a mobile home park about three miles northeast of Athens along Highway 251. The only fatality that occurred in this tornado occurred at this mobile home park, and the person died later from injuries received in the tornado. Twenty-six mobile homes were destroyed in Limestone County, 13 in the Oakdale Mobile Home Park. Another 35 buildings were damaged or destroyed in Limestone County where damage was estimated to be $1.5 million. About 9,500 electric customers were without electricity. A cow was also killed when a large tree fell on and crushed it. Another especially hard hit area was Anderson Hills subdivision in Madison County with houses ranging in price from $175,000 to $400,000. This area of well-constructed dwellings was one of the locations where F4 damage was evident as well as indications of a multiple vortex structure. In Anderson Hills, 21 houses were destroyed and 39 sustained major damage. Damage across the rest of Madison County was less concentrated than in this one subdivision. Over 10,000 Huntsville Utility Company customers were without power. M30M
48.81997-04-22234°28'N / 85°54'W34°31'N / 85°51'W5.00 Miles220 Yards0102.2M10KDekalb
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado tracked from southwest to northeast across the center of Rainsville. The tornado began at 3:53 pm CDT three miles southwest of Rainsville just south of the intersection of County Roads 92 and 72. The tornado moved northeastward directly through the downtown section of Rainsville at the intersection of State Highways 75 and 35. Damage was severe to a number of buildings including the Rainsville police and fire department station and a number of commercial buildings. The tornado continued northeast crossing Dilbeck and Marshall Roads before ending about two miles northeast of Rainsville on the east side of Marshall Road. The tornado severely damaged a large poultry raising facility and debris from the chicken houses was blown over half a mile further to the northeast. The tornado had dissipated by 4:01 pm CDT. At the Rainsville police station, eleven of 12 police cars were either damaged or destroyed and several of the city's fire trucks were damaged. Five of the 10 people injured were hospitalized according to emergency management officials. Damage assessment indicated that 63 homes and/or apartments were damaged or destroyed along with 34 businesses. The tornado path was five miles in length and about 220 yards wide at the widest.
48.91952-02-29334°30'N / 85°42'W34°32'N / 85°40'W3.30 Miles400 Yards0120K0Dekalb
49.11967-11-24234°43'N / 86°35'W34°40'N / 86°29'W6.60 Miles83 Yards07250K0Madison
49.21970-04-24234°45'N / 86°36'W0.50 Mile33 Yards000K0Madison
49.31960-03-30235°27'N / 86°47'W35°31'N / 86°40'W8.20 Miles33 Yards0125K0Marshall
49.41974-04-03334°36'N / 86°47'W34°48'N / 86°19'W29.90 Miles700 Yards232.5M0Madison
49.51989-11-15434°39'N / 86°39'W34°44'N / 86°26'W12.50 Miles880 Yards21463250.0M0Madison
50.02010-01-21234°42'N / 86°38'W34°45'N / 86°33'W7.00 Miles150 Yards000K0KMadison
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A tornado first touched down in a residential development on the Redstone Arsenal, just 2 miles south of the National Weather Service office located on the campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. A narrow tornado path uprooted a large tree, then moved into a residential area along Magnolia Circle. Here, the tornado tore shingles off of roofs and ripped siding off several homes. The tornado then lifted briefly before touching down again near the intersection of Triana Blvd and 9th Ave in Huntsville. It then proceeded northeast another 4.4 miles, through the Old Town and Five Points communities, before lifting near the intersection of Gaboury Lane and Rosalie Ridge road near Chapman Mountain. Along it's path, many hardwood/softwood trees and utility poles were snapped. Multiple well-built single family homes sustained substantial roof damage. Winds were estimated to reach peak speeds of 115 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Isolated classic supercells developed in northern Alabama during the late afternoon hours ahead of a cold front and low pressure system moving through the Tennessee Valley. One of the storms produced an EF-2 tornado in the northeast side of Huntsville. Several photographs and videos documented this tornado from various locations throughout the city of Huntsville and at many locations in Madison County.


* 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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