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Tornado Track Map for Kay County, OK
 
Kay County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  04/28/1893 2100 3 440   5 0 Kay Ponca City
  07/28/1894 nt           Kay Kildaire
  04/12/1896 aft s n   0 0 Kay Near Newkirk
  05/20/1896 aft s n   0 0 Kay Near Newkirk
  05/27/1896 1100 5 200   0 0 Kay 7 S Arkansas City KS
  05/27/1912 1720       1   Kay N of Blackwell
  03/18/1927 1900 35 500   1   Garfield/ Grant/ Kay Near Kremlin - near Tonkawa
  03/18/1927 2100 38 1760   0 2 Noble/ Kay/ Osage 8 SE Tonkawa - near Apperson (4 NW Burbank) - near "Denoya" (3 SW Shidler)
  04/09/1929 2045 5 880   0 0 Kay Near Blackwell
  05/07/1932   s n   0 0 Kay NE of Ponca City
  04/17/1935 nt 3     0 1 Kay Near Blackwell
  04/24/1935 1930 12 1760   0 0 Kay Autwine
  06/02/1935 1630 42 50   0 3 Kay/ Osage Perth KS - NW of Newkirk - near Fairfax
  03/30/1949 0038 97 300   4 45 Dewey/ Blaine/ Major/ Garfield/ Grant/ Kay 9 SW Canton - Canton - Longdale - 3 NNE Enid - near Hunter - near Blackwell - KS (family?)
Kay County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 06/09/1950 1825 0.1 100 F1 0 0 Kay E of Blackwell
2 04/24/1951 2100 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Kay 6 SW Blackwell
3 06/08/1951 1914 0.3 200 F1 0 0 Kay Tonkawa airport
4 04/21/1952 1605 0.3 50 F0 0 0 Kay 5 NNW Blackwell
5 07/08/1953 1540 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay 3 W Ponca City airport
6 11/19/1953 0825 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay Near Blackwell (SE of Maulk airport)
7 03/24/1954 1905 3 200 F2 0 0 Kay 3 NNW- 4 N Newkirk
8 05/25/1955 2100 3 500 F2 0 0 Kay NE of Tonkawa
9 05/25/1955 2126 29 500 F5 20 280 Kay OK/ Sumner KS Blackwell OK - north into Kansas
10 05/25/1955 2200 88 1320 F5 80 273 Kay OK/ Sumner KS/ Cowley KS Near state line S of Ashton KS - Udall KS - N of Atlanta KS [no fatalities or injuries in Oklahoma]
11 05/27/1955 2115 22 300 F1 0 0 Grant/ Kay eastern Grant and NW Kay counties
12 05/27/1955 2130 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay between Blackwell and Braman
13 05/27/1955 2200 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay near Tonkawa
14 04/02/1956 2045 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Kay 6 N Billings
15 04/02/1956 2130 108 880 F4 2 29 Kay OK/ Cowley KS/ Chautauqua KS/ Elk KS/ Greenwood KS/ Woodson KS/ Coffey KS 6 SE Newkirk OK - near Hardy OK - near Gridley KS [likely tornado family. No fatalities and 2 injuries in Oklahoma/]
16 05/30/1956 2144 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay NW of Blackwell
17 04/22/1957 2200 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay 3 NE Ponca City
18 05/22/1957 0638 2 23 F0 0 0 Kay near Ponca City
19 05/29/1957 2337 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay 6 W Ponca City
20 09/01/1958 1700 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay 4 W Ponca City airport
21 11/17/1958 0808 39 10 F3 0 0 Garfield/ Noble/ Kay Near Fairmont - near Blackwell
22 05/04/1959 2115 6 300 F2 0 0 Kay 3 W- 4 NNE Blackwell
23 05/17/1959 1855 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay 8 W Braman
24 03/31/1960 1800 0.2 100 F1 0 0 Kay 2 SW Blackwell
25 04/29/1960 1415 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Kay 1.5 N Blackwell
26 03/26/1961 2015 8 100 F3 0 0 Kay/ Osage Kaw City - Webb City
27 04/21/1961 2215 3 10 F1 0 0 Kay 1.5 N Peckham
28 05/30/1962 1630 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Kay Near Newkirk
29 04/22/1964 1645 54 733 F2 0 1 Garfield/ Noble/ Kay 5 SE Enid - West side of Ponca City - 6 N Ponca City
30 04/22/1964 1730 28 10 F1 0 0 Garfield/ Noble/ Kay 5 NE Garber - Tonkawa
31 05/01/1964 1545 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Kay 4 SW Blackwell
32 03/16/1965 1640 83 300 F4 0 7 Grant OK/ Kay OK/ Sumner KS/ Cowley KS 6 SSW Nash OK- 2 N Jefferson OK- 4 N Braman OK- Geuda Springs KS- 6 E Winfield KS [Two injuries in Oklahoma]
33 04/04/1965 2225 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay SW of Tonkawa
34 06/13/1965 0125 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay 5 NW Blackwell
35 06/13/1965 0125 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay 5 NW Blackwell
36 05/16/1966 2153 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay Tonkawa
37 06/05/1966 1750 3 100 F2 0 1 Kay 6 WNW- 4 W Blackwell
38 05/31/1967 1810 0.3 217 F1 0 0 Kay Just NE of Newkirk
39 09/26/1967 1430 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay 3 SW Tonkawa
40 04/03/1968 0010 16 100 F2 0 0 Noble/ Kay 1 ESE Billings - 7 SE Blackwell
41 04/19/1968 1600 0.5 50 F1 0 0 Kay 5 ESE Blackwell
42 05/08/1968 1745 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay 2 NE Blackwell
43 05/22/1968 2030 11 100 F2 0 0 Kay 1 W Braman - 2 N Peckham
44 06/20/1970 1930 0.5 100 F0 0 0 Kay 2 N Tonkawa
45 06/02/1971 1900 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Kay 8 W Tonkawa
46 08/21/1972 1730 0.1 10 F1 0 1 Kay Lake Ponca
47 03/13/1973 1508 52 250 F2 0 1 Kay OK/ Cowley KS Newkirk OK - 6 ENE Atlanta KS [not continuous path in Kansas]
48 04/30/1973 2125 0.4 67 F2 0 0 Kay Near Chilocco
49 05/18/1973 1800 9 33 F1 0 0 Kay 5 NW- 5 NE Braman
50 06/04/1973 1800 12 100 F2 0 0 Kay/ Osage 3 S- 11 E of Ponca City
51 09/04/1973 1358 16 200 F1 0 0 Kay 2 N Tonkawa - 3 NE Ponca City
52 11/19/1973 1945 14 60 F2 0 6 Kay 8 SW Tonkawa - Tonkawa - 6 NE Tonkawa
53 11/19/1973 2010 3 150 F1 0 0 Kay Blackwell
54 04/17/1978 1354 9 40 F2 0 0 Kay 4 NW Ponca City - 1 NE Kildaire
55 04/17/1978 1357 8 60 F2 0 0 Kay 5 SW- 2 E Newkirk
56 04/17/1978 1358 11 40 F2 0 0 Kay 7 NW Ponca City - 2 SW Newkirk
57 04/17/1978 1358 12 100 F2 0 0 Kay 4 WSW- 6 NNE Newkirk
58 05/11/1978 1435 4 100 F2 0 3 Kay 4 WSW- .5 W Braman
59 03/18/1979 0700 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Kay Near Newkirk
60 05/17/1981 1425 19 33 F0 0 0 Kay Just NE of Blackwell - ~8 NNW Newkirk
61 07/16/1981 1430 22 10 F1 0 0 Kay 5 SW Tonkawa - near Peckham
62 09/12/1982 1720 1.5 50 F1 0 0 Kay Near Tonkawa
63 04/27/1983 1840 12 100 F1 0 0 Kay 5 SW Tonkawa - 5 S Ponca City
64 05/12/1983 1737 0.1 50 F0 0 0 Kay 12 NW Blackwell
65 05/12/1983 1805 0.1 50 F0 0 0 Kay 5 SW Blackwell
66 06/18/1983 2105 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay Near Kaw City
67 04/29/1984 1340 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Kay 8 SW Tonkawa
68 03/26/1991 2005-2145 57 500 F3 0 0 Grant OK/ Kay OK/ Sumner KS/ Cowley KS 3 NE Nash OK- 6 N Arkansas City KS
69 03/26/1991 2112 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Kay 5 NNE Braman
70 04/26/1991 0545 1 100 F2 0 0 Kay Tonkawa
71 05/11/1992 1558 0.5 50 F0 0 0 Kay 7 NW Blackwell
72 05/11/1992 1620 0.5 50 F0 0 0 Kay 2 SE Blackwell
73 06/08/1993 1607 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Kay 7 N Blackwell
74 06/08/1993 1620 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Kay 4 NW Newkirk
75 06/08/1993 1635-1702 12 150 F3 0 0 Kay 3 SSW- 10 E Newkirk
76 06/08/1993 1715-1717 0.3 80 F0 0 0 Kay 14 ESE Newkirk
77 05/06/1994 1630 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Kay Kildaire
78 08/29/1996 1620 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Kay 3 E Blackwell
79 09/25/1996 2225 0.2 25 F0 0 0 Grant/ Kay 5 E Deer Creek/ 2 W Nardin
80 09/25/1996 2239-2240 0.1 25 F0 0 0 Kay 5 N Tonkawa
81 09/25/1996 2240-2241 0.1 25 F0 0 0 Kay 5 N Tonkawa
82 09/25/1996 2351 0.1 25 F0 0 0 Kay 2 W Ponca City
83 05/07/1997 1858 0.1 23 F0 0 0 Kay 7 W Blackwell
84 05/25/1997 2110 0.1 50 F0 0 0 Kay 3 NW Newkirk
85 05/24/1998 1955 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Kay 1 WNW Braman
86 05/24/1998 2130 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Kay 5 NW Tonkawa
87 09/18/2002 1829-1830 0.3 25 F0 0 0 Kay 5 NW Blackwell
88 06/03/2005 2230 0.2 30 F0 0 0 Kay 3 SW Hardy
89 09/12/2008 0205 0.3 25 EF0 0 0 Kay 1 E Tonkawa (east side of Tonkawa)
90 05/13/2009 1754-1805 0.2 100 EF0 0 0 Kay 9 S Nardin
91 05/10/2010 1438-1534 41 1500 EF3 0 2 Grant OK/ Kay OK/ Sumner KS 8 SW Wakita OK- 5 SE South Haven KS
92 05/10/2010 1515-1523 5 500 EF1 0 0 Grant/ Kay 7 E Renfrow - 6 WNW Braman
93 05/10/2010 1517-1526 7 400 EF1 0 0 Kay 6 WNW - 3.5 NNE Braman
94 05/10/2010 1521-1522 0.8 50 EF0 0 0 Kay 6 N Nardin - 6 W Braman
95 04/30/2012 2107-2113 2 50 EF1 0 0 Kay 0.5 W - 2 S Nardin
96 04/30/2012 2125-2138 7 100 EF1 0 0 Kay 2.5 SSE Nardin - 6 W Tonkawa
97 05/07/2019 2257-2301 2.1 60 EF1 0 0 Kay Newkirk
 

Significant Tornadoes in Kay County

  Date Time
(CST)
Length
of Path
(miles)
Width
of Path
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Location
  05/25/1955 2126 28 500 F5 20 280 Noble/ Kay/ Sumner KS 8 W Marland - E of Tonkawa - Blackwell - SE of South Haven KS

This violent tornado initially touched down about 8 miles west of Marland, OK around 9:00 pm CST. It caused some light damage as it moved almost due north into Kay County. The tornado passed to the east and northeast of Tonkawa, OK and destroyed a few homes while its parent supercell storm also produced baseball-sized hail in Tonkawa.

The tornado continued north and moved through the east side of Blackwell, OK at 9:27 pm CST, causing complete destruction in much of the east side of town. Nineteen people were killed in Blackwell, as well as one person to the northeast of Blackwell. Another 280 people were injured. Approximately 80 blocks in town were damaged or destroyed. The damage was massive with 500 homes damaged, 400 homes destroyed, 20 business establishments leveled, and 40 additional businesses were damaged. The tornado passed east of Braman, OK, then turned to the north-northwest and dissipated to the southeast of South Haven, in south central Kansas. Damage to crops in the area was estimated at $15,000 and damage to other property was estimated at $8,000,000.

The supercell thunderstorm also produced another tornado that touched down about 4 miles north of Peckham, OK that moved into Kansas, eventually killing 80 people in and near Udall, KS. Both the Blackwell tornado and Udall, KS tornadoes were rated F5, although the "Udall" tornado produced minimal damage in Oklahoma.

  04/02/1956 2130 108* 880 F4 2 29
(2)
Kay/ Cowley KS/ Chautauqua KS/ Elk KS/ Greenwood KS/ Woodson KS/ Coffey KS * Likely tornado family. 6 SE Newkirk - near Hardy - near Gridley KS

Although listed a single tornado, this event was probably a family of tornadoes produced by the same supercell thunderstorm. The initial tornado began in Kay County 6 miles southeast Newkirk, OK at 9:30 pm CST, and only minor damage was reported in this area. This tornado apparently lifted before it reached the Arkansas River.

What was probably the second tornado in the series touched down east of the Arkansas River and continued moving northeast. It had a multiple vortex phase as witnesses observed several funnels merged into one southwest of the town of Hardy, OK in Kay County. This violent tornado hit Hardy, and 2 people were injured in Hardy when their home was leveled. Many farm buildings were completely destroyed as well in the area as well.  Six cattle and a horse were killed on one of the farms.

The tornado appears to have crossed the Kansas state line into southeastern Cowley County and moved northeast south of Maple City, KS at 9:45 pm CST. It continued northeast passing 3 miles east of Grenola, KS and ended 5 miles northwest of Howard, KS. No fatalities occurred with this storm, but 25 people were injured including the 2 persons in Oklahoma.

Numerous houses, barns, businesses, and sheds were damaged or completely demolished along the tornado's path. The wind velocities from the tornado were so strong that a plastic belt was driven into a piece of tree by force in Maple City-Otto, KS area.  Witnesses reported the tornado as sounding like a loud roar or a whistle. This tornado may have traveled through Kay County in Oklahoma, and Cowley, Chautauqua and Elk Counties in Kansas.

Another tornado then formed 4 miles southwest of Toronto, KS and struck the Toronto area at 10:58 pm CST. The tornado produced F4 damage to a home 1 mile north of Toronto a killed one person there. The continued to the northeast before turning more to the north and dissipating 2 miles southeast of the town of Gridley, KS in Coffey County. A baby was killed in a home 3 miles south of Gridley and the body was carried for over a mile from the home. West of Toronto, KS a house simply “fell apart” when the tornado hit. Several reports showed that other people were also carried variable distances in the air.  In addition to the 2 fatalities, another 4 were injured by this tornado. This violent tornado may have traveled into Greenwood, Woodson and Coffey Counties in Kansas.

 

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.