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Sweet Water, AL Natural Disasters and Weather Extremes

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

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

Earthquake Index, #457

Sweet Water, AL
0.03
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

Sweet Water, 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, #742

Sweet Water, AL
101.24
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 1,644 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Sweet Water, AL were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:33Dense Fog:0Drought:59
Dust Storm:0Flood:105Hail:491Heat:53Heavy Snow:17
High Surf:0Hurricane:6Ice Storm:8Landslide:0Strong Wind:40
Thunderstorm Winds:748Tropical Storm:10Wildfire:1Winter Storm:15Winter Weather:17
Other:41 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Sweet Water, AL.

Historical Earthquake Events

A total of 2 historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Sweet Water, AL.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeDepth (km)LatitudeLongitude
33.81977-05-043.6531.98-88.42
37.81978-12-113.5531.95-88.48

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 43 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Sweet Water, AL.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
14.02004-11-24232°10'N / 87°44'W32°14'N / 87°34'W11.90 Miles200 Yards02135K0Marengo
 Brief Description: A tornado touched down just north of the Shiloh Community on CR 73. Three mobile homes received extensive damage and two homes suffered moderate damage. The tornado moved northeast and damaged a carport and mobile home near Thomaston. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down or snapped off along the entire path of the tornado. Two people suffered minor injuries. The tornado damage path was 11.9 miles long and 200 yards wide at its widest point. Begin: 32 09.23/87 44.23 End: 32 14.79/87 33.97
14.21972-01-04232°18'N / 87°47'W1.00 Mile100 Yards00250K0Marengo
14.51971-03-02331°54'N / 87°49'W31°55'N / 87°44'W4.90 Miles100 Yards00250K0Clarke
20.81979-11-25231°37'N / 88°01'W32°00'N / 87°50'W28.60 Miles300 Yards02250K0Clarke
23.31976-03-12232°23'N / 87°53'W32°28'N / 87°35'W18.40 Miles200 Yards01250K0Marengo
26.21963-01-19231°43'N / 87°47'W31°45'N / 87°45'W3.30 Miles33 Yards003K0Clarke
26.61968-11-17231°58'N / 88°22'W32°06'N / 88°15'W11.50 Miles33 Yards0225K0Choctaw
28.61967-12-18332°26'N / 88°09'W32°30'N / 88°03'W7.60 Miles33 Yards0025K0Sumter
29.11983-05-19231°37'N / 88°01'W31°45'N / 87°40'W22.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Clarke
30.02007-03-01432°07'N / 87°24'W32°10'N / 87°18'W6.00 Miles500 Yards122.0M0KWilcox
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: A significant tornado first touched down around 1227 pm at State Highway 28 near Miller's Ferry dam. The tornado then tracked northeast across William Bill Dannelly Reservoir moving ashore on Sand Island Drive. This is where most of the severe damage occurred with numerous homes damaged or destroyed. One resident had arrived at his home on the lake to eat lunch when the tornado hit and he was killed when his newer model manufactured home was destroyed. The straps holding the home down all snapped in the same place. He was thrown out of his home and later found in the debris. Neighbors next door had sought shelter in an underground storm shelter outside their house seconds before the tornado hit. When they safely emerged from the shelter, they found their home destroyed. Most of the homes on Sand Island are vacation homes with part-time residents. If the tornado had struck on the weekend when more people are present, the loss of life would likely have been greater. Around 40 homes(four of these were slab homes)were damaged or destroyed along Sand Island Drive with some of the debris scattered up to two miles downstream. The tornado continued quickly to the northeast through sparsely populated areas. Damage did occur to homes and hunting camps along this path. However, the damage here was only rated as EF-0 and EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The tornado crossed into Dallas County. In all, one person died and two people were slightly injured by the tornado. The injuries occurred along Sand Island Drive when a single wide trailer was destroyed with the occupants being thrown from the trailer. They were protected from flying debris by part of the trailer that had fallen on top of them. The highest wind speed of the tornado was estimated at 185 mph. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Isolated thunderstorms developed ahead of a strong spring cold front. One of these thunderstorms produced a significant tornado in Wilcox County.
30.71967-03-06232°26'N / 87°32'W32°27'N / 87°30'W2.30 Miles200 Yards002.5M0Perry
30.91958-02-26231°47'N / 88°27'W32°00'N / 88°12'W20.90 Miles67 Yards00250K0Choctaw
31.61961-12-12232°24'N / 88°23'W32°32'N / 88°00'W24.20 Miles33 Yards0025K0Sumter
32.11953-05-01432°15'N / 88°23'W2325K0Choctaw
35.01983-11-23231°58'N / 87°18'W31°59'N / 87°16'W4.00 Miles77 Yards02250K0Wilcox
35.51992-03-10332°35'N / 87°49'W32°39'N / 87°47'W4.00 Miles440 Yards00250K0Greene
37.41960-06-15231°37'N / 87°35'W000K0Clarke
38.71953-01-23331°32'N / 88°00'W31°34'N / 87°54'W6.50 Miles300 Yards0125K0Clarke
40.11984-03-24331°31'N / 87°56'W31°32'N / 87°53'W4.00 Miles60 Yards002.5M0Jackson
40.31973-03-16232°37'N / 87°40'W32°40'N / 87°31'W9.50 Miles33 Yards00250K0Hale
40.41969-05-08232°02'N / 88°38'W32°05'N / 88°28'W10.40 Miles100 Yards000K0Clarke
40.51973-05-27432°32'N / 87°48'W32°47'N / 87°28'W26.00 Miles800 Yards17225.0M0Hale
40.71988-11-04231°38'N / 88°19'W31°32'N / 88°03'W12.00 Miles200 Yards000K0Washington
41.51992-03-10332°39'N / 87°47'W32°42'N / 87°29'W14.00 Miles440 Yards27250K0Hale
41.81956-07-08231°37'N / 87°54'W31°26'N / 87°25'W31.10 Miles33 Yards003K0Clarke
42.11984-03-24231°31'N / 88°03'W2.00 Miles80 Yards00250K0Washington
43.01996-03-18231°32'N / 87°27'W31°44'N / 87°19'W11.00 Miles200 Yards05150K0Monroe
 Brief Description: THE SAME STORM SYSTEM THAT DROPPED A COUPLE OF TORNADOES IN CLARKE COUNTY MOVED INTO MONROE COUNTY AND DROPPED A TORNADO FOUR MILES EAST OF CLAIBORNE LAKE, JUST WEST OF COUNTY ROAD 17. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST AND MOVED THROUGH FRANKLIN ALONG STATE HWY 41. THE TORNADO THEN MOVED BACK INTO THE CLOUD JUST WEST OF COUNTY ROAD 56, SIX MILES SOUTH OF VREDENBURGH. THE TORNADO SKIPPED ALONG THE GROUND FOR ABOUT ELEVEN MILES. THREE MOBILE HOMES AND A HOUSE WERE DESTROYED NEAR FRANKLIN. FIVE PEOPLE WERE INJURED, BUT NONE SERIOUSLY. TREES AND POWER LINES WERE BLOWN DOWN ALONG THE TRACK OF THE TORNADO. SHEDS AND BARNS ALONG THE TRACK OF THE TORNADO ALSO SUFFERED DAMAGE. TREES FALLING ON HOMES ALSO CAUSED SOME STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. OTHER HOMES HAD ROOF DAMAGE WHEN SHINGLES WERE BLOWN OFF.
43.31973-05-27231°58'N / 88°35'W3.00 Miles440 Yards0125K0Clarke
43.81970-03-19232°42'N / 87°36'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0025K0Hale
43.91972-03-02231°26'N / 88°03'W31°32'N / 87°59'W8.00 Miles33 Yards003K0Washington
44.11972-04-22232°06'N / 87°08'W32°10'N / 87°05'W5.70 Miles200 Yards0025K0Dallas
44.11979-09-20232°33'N / 87°19'W32°31'N / 87°17'W3.00 Miles27 Yards02250K0Perry
45.21973-05-27232°04'N / 88°38'W0125K0Clarke
45.71992-03-10332°15'N / 88°47'W32°18'N / 88°27'W20.00 Miles1760 Yards3572.5M0Lauderdale
47.41957-06-28231°55'N / 87°05'W2.00 Miles100 Yards0025K0Wilcox
47.61978-04-18331°32'N / 87°27'W31°35'N / 87°17'W10.50 Miles220 Yards0302.5M0Monroe
48.41974-04-22232°38'N / 87°19'W2.00 Miles800 Yards00250K0Perry
48.42000-12-16232°24'N / 88°40'W32°30'N / 88°30'W12.00 Miles440 Yards0172.1M0Lauderdale
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado caused major damage in the Marion and Dalewood Shore Lake communities, northeast of Meridian. Two houses and thirteen mobile homes were destroyed. Eleven houses and twelve mobile homes received major damage. Thirty-three houses and twenty-two mobile homes received minor damage. Three businesses were destroyed and one business had minor damage. Thousands of trees were blown down or snapped off, and numerous power poles and power lines were also downed. Seventeen people were injured, including one in critical condition.
48.81960-03-29231°36'N / 87°18'W31°38'N / 87°13'W5.70 Miles50 Yards0025K0Monroe
49.41961-12-11332°38'N / 87°24'W32°41'N / 87°15'W9.40 Miles100 Yards02250K0Perry
49.61970-03-03231°28'N / 88°15'W0025K0Washington
49.81971-02-26332°49'N / 87°56'W32°50'N / 87°52'W4.30 Miles50 Yards00250K0Greene
49.81961-12-17232°36'N / 87°18'W32°38'N / 87°13'W5.40 Miles100 Yards0125K0Perry


* 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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