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Tornado Track Map for Cotton County, OK
 
Cotton County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  06/03/1904 late aft       1 1 Cotton/ Comanche Near Walters and Geronimo (was just Comanche County... but part of area is now in Cotton County)
  05/05/1930 1600 2 400   1 0 Cotton Near Walters
  06/06/1936 2030 0.5     0 0 Cotton Near Randlett
  06/03/1943 0930 3 50   2 5 Cotton 4 S Walters
  06/04/1943             Cotton Near Randlett
Cotton County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 05/09/1951 1830 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Cotton 7 N Walters
2 05/01/1954 1600 12 10 F3 3 3 Tillman/ Cotton near Grandfield - near Ahpeatone (~12 W Walters)
3 05/01/1954 1745 8 300 F3 0 0 Cotton/ Jefferson/ Stephens southern Cotton county - S of Hastings - near Addington - southern Stephens County
4 05/24/1957 1730 22 880 F4 4 5 Cotton/ Comanche Near Ahpeatone - Just S of Lawton
5 11/17/1958 0735 10 50 F3 0 4 Cotton 3 E Cookietown - 3 E Walters
6 08/30/1959 1820 2 100 F3 0 1 Cotton Devol
7 08/30/1959 1830 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Cotton Randlett
8 05/04/1960 1800 5 150 F2 0 0 Cotton Walters
9 05/04/1960 1843 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Cotton S of Temple
10 08/09/1960 1200 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Cotton Just S of Temple
11 04/27/1962 0020 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Cotton 1 W Temple
12 05/26/1962 2000 10 400 F4 0 1 Cotton 4 S Randlett - 4 E Cookietown
13 05/08/1965 1400 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Cotton 3 SSE Randlett
14 04/12/1967 0145 7 10 F1 0 0 Cotton Walters - 7 ENE Walters
15 05/16/1968 1643 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Cotton 8 SW Temple
16 04/16/1969 1530 24 10 F2 0 1 Cotton S of Devol - 2 ENE Temple
17 03/13/1973 1235 7 33 F1 0 0 Cotton 1 N- 6 E Temple
18 04/19/1976 1435 0.1 200 F1 0 0 Cotton 10 ENE Walters
19 04/10/1979 1555 74 10 F2 1 3 Wilbarger TX/ Wichita TX/ Tillman OK/ Cotton OK/ Comanche OK/ Stephens OK Harrold TX- 9 NNE Electra TX- Grandfield OK- Pumpkin Center OK- W of Marlow OK [One Fatality and 0 injuries in Texas. Zero fatalities and 3 injuries in Oklahoma. ]
20 09/02/1979 0355 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Cotton W of Walters
21 06/27/1983 1840 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Cotton Just W of Temple
22 03/22/1985 2105 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Cotton N of Devol
23 03/28/1988 1735 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Cotton 9 SW Walters
24 05/08/1993 1605-1609 0.8 50 F0 0 0 Cotton/ Stephens 6 SE Hulen- 6 WNW Empire City
25 04/17/1995 1628 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Cotton 4 SW Devol
26 04/17/1995 1635 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Cotton SE of Devol
27 04/17/1995 1656 2 100 F1 0 0 Cotton 3 N Temple
28 07/23/1995 2010 0.4 30 F0 0 0 Cotton/ Comanche 10 NNW Cookietown
29 07/23/1995 2016 0.3 30 F0 0 0 Cotton 6 NNW Cookietown
30 07/23/1995 2017 0.2 23 F0 0 0 Cotton 7 S Walters
31 08/11/1996 1715 0.1 50 F1 0 0 Cotton Walters
32 10/21/2000 1641-1655 4 30 F0 0 0 Cotton 3 SSW - 1 NW Walters
33 04/23/2003 1616-1619 2 70 F0 0 0 Cotton 20 W Walters (5 S - 3 S Chattanooga)
34 10/06/2004 1438-1439 1 25 F0 0 0 Cotton 7 W - 6.3 W Walters
35 04/24/2006 1923-1941 6 200 F1 0 0 Cotton OK/ Clay TX 4.8 SSW Randlett OK - 4 WNW Charlie TX
36 05/08/2015 1704 0.2 50 EF0 0 0 Cotton 2 W Randlett
37 05/08/2015 1716 0.2 50 EF0 0 0 Cotton 5 ESE Randlett
38 05/09/2015 1709-1711 1 100 EF0 0 0 Cotton 5 W Randlett
39 05/10/2017 1936-1941 2 100 EF? 0 0 Cotton 6 SSE - 7 SSE Chattanooga
40 05/02/2018 1807-1813 3 250 EF1 0 0 Tillman/ Cotton 5 ENE Loveland - 5 S Chattanooga
 

Significant Tornadoes in Cotton County

  Date Time
(CST)
Length
of Path
(miles)
Width
of Path
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Location
  05/01/1954 1600 12 N/A F3 2 3 Tillman/ Cotton Near Grandfield - near Ahpeatone (~12 W Walters)

This twister was the third in a series of 20 tornadoes that occurred in Oklahoma on May 1, 1954. The tornado initiated at 4:00 pm CST, moved erratically from near the east edge of Grandfield in Tillman County northeastward to the Ahpeatone Community, 12 miles northwest of Walters in Cotton County. Two people were killed at Ahpeatone when they tried to escape the tornado in a pickup truck. The tornado caught and rolled the truck for a quarter of a mile. Ten homes  were damaged. A house and all adjacent barns were destroyed at one farmstead, and 2 people were critically injured. Damages were estimated at $500,000. The tornado was accompanied by extensive hail losses throughout Cotton County which were estimated at $1 million. An additional person drowned during a flash flood.

  05/24/1957 1730 22 880 F4 4 5 Cotton/ Comanche Near Ahpeatone - Just S of Lawton

This violent tornado originated east of the town of Ahpeatone in northwestern Cotton County and moved northeast to 7 mile southeast of Lawton in Comanche County before it lifted. The tornado had a multi-vortex phase as observers reported seeing 3 funnels at one time on the ground. Unfortunately, 2 couples were killed when their 2 homes were leveled. One person was seriously injured when his house was destroyed. Four other persons received minor injuries from flying debris. At least 12 homes and many farmsteads were also destroyed along the damage path, and F4 damage occurred 6 miles south of Lawton. A total of 5 cars were also destroyed, and fences were rolled into 50-foot in diameter balls.  Up to 70 head of cattle and a number of chickens were killed.

 

Records taken from the Storm Prediction Center archive data, "Storm Data", and data from the National Weather Service office in Norman. Data modified as described in NOAA Tech Memo NWS SR-209 (Speheger, D., 2001: "Corrections to the Historic Tornado Database").

Historic data, especially before 1950, are likely incomplete.