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Tornado Track Map for Oklahoma County, OK
 
Oklahoma County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  05/05/1893         3 svrl Oklahoma Edmond
  05/12/1896 1545 6 30   0 0 Oklahoma 3 NW Britton - 2 S Britton - near OKC
  05/15/1896 1645       0 0 Oklahoma OKC (75th and Meridian)
  05/18/1903 1730 55 200   0   Grady/ Canadian/ Oklahoma/ Logan NW Oklahoma County - NE of Guthrie
  05/23/1903 nt       0   Oklahoma Crutcho
  06/02/1904 1700   440       Oklahoma 12 NE OKC... near Witcher
  04/20/1912 1530 15 200       Oklahoma/ Lincoln 1 N Arcadia - 1 NE Fallis
  11/19/1930 0930 7 100   23 77 Oklahoma Bethany
  06/12/1942 2041 2.25 n   35 29 Oklahoma SW Oklahoma City (especially between SW27 and SW29 and between Goff and Portland)
  04/12/1945 1525 20 880   8 200 Oklahoma SE Oklahoma City
  09/26/1945 1805   67   0 0 McClain/ Cleveland/ Oklahoma Newcastle - Norman - S OKC
  02/18/1946 1500       0 0 Oklahoma NE Oklahoma City
  03/20/1948 2210 16 880   0 8 Oklahoma OKC (Near Will Rogers Airport - Tinker AFB)
  03/25/1948 1800 1.5 200   0 1 Oklahoma Tinker AFB
Oklahoma County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 02/27/1950 1020 2 50 F2 0 0 Oklahoma near Lake Hefner
2 04/30/1951 2130 7 200 F3 0 0 Oklahoma SW-NE Oklahoma City
3 04/30/1951 2130 1.5 200 F2 0 0 Oklahoma NW Oklahoma City
4 09/29/1954 1520 0.1 100 F2 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (SW 59th/Western)
5 05/11/1955 1610 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Oklahoma W Oklahoma City
6 05/19/1955 1459 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Oklahoma 1 SE Will Rogers Airport
7 05/26/1955 0300 0.5 50 F1 0 0 Oklahoma SE part of Oklahoma City
8 07/31/1955 1530 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Oklahoma near Arcadia
9 04/02/1957 2230 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Oklahoma N edge of Oklahoma City
10 05/22/1957 0800 2 50 F2 0 0 Oklahoma 1 SW Luther - Luther
11 05/24/1958 1510 1 10 F2 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City
12 05/08/1959 2300 0.5 20 F0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City
13 05/22/1959 0253 0.5 100 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Bethany
14 04/28/1960 2055 12 333 F3 0 57 Oklahoma South part of Oklahoma City
15 05/04/1960 1955 5 400 F3 0 4 Oklahoma Bethany
16 02/17/1961 1645 17 300 F3 0 7 Oklahoma Near Spencer - NE of Luther
17 05/21/1961 1453 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Oklahoma 12 NW Oklahoma City
18 05/21/1961 1803 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Oklahoma NW Oklahoma City/ Bethany/ Warr Acres Area
19 07/18/1962 1558 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (2.2 NNE Will Rogers Airport)
20 05/26/1963 1536 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Oklahoma 8 WNW Edmond
21 05/26/1963 1545 34 10 F3 1 4 Logan/ Oklahoma/ Lincoln ~6 SE Seward - 3 N Meeker
22 05/26/1963 1700 0.1 10 F3 0 5 Oklahoma 5 E Tinker AFB
23 07/28/1963 1515 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (3800 block NW 58th)
24 05/01/1964 1630 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Canadian/ Oklahoma 5 WSW Yukon - NW Oklahoma City
25 07/28/1964 1555 0.3 50 F2 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (4100 block SW 20th)
26 05/26/1965 0300 1.5 100 F2 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (Rotary Park - Downtown Airpark - Near SW 7th/Broadway)
27 08/31/1965 1345 1 100 F0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (Lake Hefner)
28 08/31/1965 1415 12 50 F0 0 0 Oklahoma/ Cleveland near SW 80th/May - NW Corner of Moore - SE Oklahoma City
29 09/19/1965 0730 1.3 33 F0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (SW 3rd/Douglas - NW 5th/Hudson)
30 09/19/1965 0745 0.6 17 F0 0 0 Oklahoma Del City/ Oklahoma City (SE 20th/Bryant - 3700 block NE 15th)
31 06/10/1967 2135 17 10 F0 0 0 Canadian/ Oklahoma 4 N El Reno - 3 NW Lake Hefner
32 06/10/1967 2135 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Oklahoma the Village (Near 106th/May)
33 04/22/1968 1550 0.1 17 F2 0 1 Oklahoma N part of Tinker AFB/Midwest City
34 08/10/1968 1627 0.1 50 F2 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (Near NW 8th/Portland)
35 06/25/1969 1700 0.8 10 F2 0 0 Oklahoma Near Choctaw
36 04/29/1970 2225 171 250 F2 0 2 Jackson/ Kiowa/ Caddo/ Grady/ Canadian/ Oklahoma/ Logan/ Payne Near Olustee - 5 S Stillwater [tornado family. Not continuous path]
37 04/30/1970 0100 47 500 F2 0 6 Grady/ Canadian/ Oklahoma 4 NW Pocasset - Mustang - Oklahoma City - 2 W Arcadia
38 06/11/1970 1410 13 100 F3 0 1 Canadian/ Oklahoma S of Yukon - Oklahoma City (near NW 150th/MacArthur)
39 10/30/1971 1100 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Near Valley Brook
40 06/27/1972 1945 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (US-62 near SW 74th St and May Ave)
41 10/11/1973 0115 5 50 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (SW 89th/May - SE 22nd/Byers)
42 11/19/1973 1930 24 500 F3 5 36 McClain/ Cleveland/ Oklahoma Blanchard - Moore - Del City - SE Oklahoma City
43 03/08/1974 1815 9 40 F1 0 1 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (near NE 17th/Eastern - W of Post Road/Britton Road)
44 04/20/1974 1500 64 100 F3 0 3 Grady/ Canadian/ Oklahoma/ Lincoln SW of Minco - 2 SE Mustang - S Oklahoma City - Del City - Midlothian
45 06/08/1974 1342 9 250 F3 0 14 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (Will Rogers Airport - SW 22nd/Robinson)
46 06/08/1974 1411 5 50 F2 0 0 Oklahoma 1.5 SW- 2 NE Spencer
47 06/08/1974 1418 10 600 F3 0 0 Oklahoma 3 W Jones - S of Luther
48 06/08/1974 1535 3 100 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (SW 59th/Penn - SW 44th/Lee Ave)
49 06/08/1974 1548 9 127 F3 0 0 Oklahoma 3 SW Choctaw - 2 NE Harrah
50 05/13/1975 1530 0.5 50 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Luther
51 05/13/1975 1530 0.5 50 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Luther
52 11/19/1975 1140 0.3 33 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (1 S Turner Turnpike Gate on I-35)
53 03/04/1976 1125 0.5 20 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Choctaw
54 05/20/1977 1840 15 400 F2 0 0 Oklahoma Midwest City - Oklahoma City (near Sooner Road from SE 15th to NE 108th)
55 05/20/1977 1911 10 400 F3 0 0 Oklahoma/ Logan Near- 10 NNE Arcadia
56 04/30/1978 1820 9 1760 F4 0 0 Canadian/ Oklahoma 2 S Piedmont- NW Oklahoma City- 9 W Edmond
57 07/16/1979 1650 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Oklahoma NW Oklahoma City
58 03/23/1980 1625 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (near SW 68th and May)
59 05/17/1981 1700 1.9 50 F2 0 0 Oklahoma 2 SW Arcadia - just NW of Lake Hiawasee
60 06/03/1981 2030 1 100 F1 0 2 Oklahoma SW Oklahoma City
61 05/08/1986 1812 4 200 F3 0 15 Oklahoma Oklahoma City-Edmond (near NW 150th/ Western- near S 3rd/ US 77)
62 05/08/1986 1821 7 50 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Edmond
63 05/14/1986 1405 0.2 50 F1 0 0 Oklahoma 3 NE Choctaw
64 05/16/1986 2144 2 50 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Del City
65 09/29/1986 1525 5 100 F2 0 0 Oklahoma 3 E Choctaw- 6 E Jones
66 09/29/1986 1530 0.1 73 F2 0 0 Oklahoma Midwest City
67 10/02/1986 0907 2 150 F1 0 0 Oklahoma The Village
68 03/28/1988 1805 0.8 33 F1 1 1 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (near I-40 and Anderson Road)
69 05/10/1992 1611-1614 0.5 30 F0 0 0 Oklahoma Near Arcadia
70 06/13/1998 1902-1903 0.8 50 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (Lake Hefner)
71 06/13/1998 1907-1908 0.8 50 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (North)
72 06/13/1998 1908-1911 1.5 80 F2 0 4 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (NW)/Nichols Hills
73 06/13/1998 1912-1923 6 200 F2 0 17 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (NE; Frontier City)
74 05/03/1999 1726-1848 37 1430 F5 36 583 Grady/ McClain/ Cleveland/ Oklahoma 2 SSW Amber - far N Newcastle - SW Oklahoma City - N Moore - S Del City - W Midwest City
75 05/03/1999 1831-1832 0.5 60 F0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (SE 80th and Sooner Road)
76 05/03/1999 1853-1907 7 220 F2 0 4 Oklahoma 3 SW Choctaw - Choctaw - 4 SE Jones
77 05/03/1999 1909-1915 2 50 F0 0 0 Oklahoma 4 ESE - 3 E Jones
78 05/03/1999 1917-1925 4 50 F1 0 0 Oklahoma 4 ENE - 5 NE Jones
79 10/22/2000 1802-1807 1.5 40 F1 0 0 Oklahoma SE Oklahoma City/Valley Brook (near SE79/Pole - 0.5 WNW SE59/Eastern)
80 10/22/2000 1814-1822 3 20 F0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (just W of SE22/Eastern - just W of NE16/MLK)
81 04/15/2003 2241-2245 3 70 F1 0 0 Oklahoma 3.7 SSW - 2 SSE Choctaw (near Shirley Lane and SE 19th St. - ~0.3 NNE of Indian Meridian Road and Reno Ave)
82 05/08/2003 1610-1638 17 700 F4 0 134 Cleveland/ Oklahoma Moore - Oklahoma City (SE) - Midwest City (SE) - Choctaw [~1/2 mile N of SW 134th and Santa Fe to 1/2 mile ESE of Reno and Choctaw] (1.5 W Moore - 2.5 SSE Choctaw)
83 05/09/2003 2110-2114 1.8 880 F1 0 8 Oklahoma Bethany/ Warr Acres (near NW 39th/Glade - NW 59th/Hammond) (0.9 WNW Bethany - 0.6 NNW Warr Acres)
84 05/09/2003 2118 0.5 50 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (near NW 57th and Sapulpa Ave - just SW of Hefner Parkway and Northwest Expressway) (1.8 ENE - 2.3 ENE Warr Acres)
85 05/09/2003 2129-2206 18 1320 F3 0 2 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (NE of Wilshire and Eastern) - Jones (N) - 2.8 S Luther (6.9 S Edmond - 2.8 S Luther)
86 05/09/2003 2206-2224 7 880 F1 0 0 Oklahoma/ Lincoln 4 S Luther - 3 SSW Wellston
87 05/29/2004 2004-2010 5 100 F2 0 0 Oklahoma 10.3 WNW - 7.1 NW Edmond
88 11/10/2004 1636-1638 1.2 75 F0 0 0 Oklahoma 2 ESE - 2 E Spencer
89 11/10/2004 1643-1650 3 400 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Jones (2 SSW - 2.5 E Jones)
90 11/10/2004 1700-1703 1.2 20 F0 0 0 Oklahoma 3 S - 2.5 SSE Luther
91 04/10/2005 1930-1944 5 75 F1 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City - Harrah (4.5 WSW Newalla - 3.5 SW Harrah)
92 05/07/2007 0132-0133 1.5 30 EF0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (NE 36th/MLK - NE 50th/I-35) [1.7 WNW - 1.6 NNW Forest Park]
93 03/31/2008 0023 0.2 20 EF0 0 0 Oklahoma 9 W Edmond
94 03/31/2008 0039-0045 4 100 EF1 0 0 Oklahoma 4 W - 2.5 NNE Edmond
95 05/01/2008 1829 0.1 20 EF0 0 0 Oklahoma 1 NW Choctaw
96 05/07/2008 1557-1609 8 120 EF1 0 0 Canadian/ Oklahoma 1 E Yukon - 1 ENE Warr Acres
97 05/07/2008 1622-1626 3 20 EF0 0 0 Oklahoma 5 NNW - 3 NNE The Village
98 02/10/2009 1436-1437 0.7 75 EF1 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (near NW Expressway and Rockwell)
99 02/10/2009 1453-1505 6 250 EF2 0 0 Oklahoma/ Logan West Edmond - 7 NE Edmond
100 05/10/2010 1613 0.2 20 EF0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (near Penn and Memorial)
101 05/10/2010 1620-1651 24 2000 EF4 2 49 Cleveland/ Oklahoma Norman (near Santa Fe/Indian Hill) - Moore (south) - Lake Draper - 1.5 SSE Harrah
102 05/19/2013 1522-1530 5 900 EF1 0 0 Oklahoma Edmond (near 33rd St/S Boulevard - 0.3 NE 15th/E Air Depot)
103 05/19/2013 1533-1534 0.5 200 EF1 0 0 Oklahoma 1 SW Arcadia
104 05/19/2013 1541-1624 21 1200 EF3 0 4 Oklahoma/ Logan/ Lincoln 3 NW Luther - Carney (SE portion) - 3 SE Tryon
105 05/31/2013 1751-1809 6 600 EF1 0 0 Canadian/ Oklahoma 5 SE Yukon (NW of SW 15th/Morgan) - W Oklahoma City (near SW 15th/Meridian)
106 05/31/2013 1835-1837 0.5 200 EF0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (0.3 NNE SE 59th/Bryant)
107 05/31/2013 1853-1855 1.1 300 EF1 0 8 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (near SW 59th/Penn - SW 59th/Western)
108 12/14/2014 1709 0.2 50 EF0 0 0 Oklahoma 4 SW Arcadia
109 03/25/2015 1729 0.2 30 EF0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (south of NW 10th/Rockwell)
110 05/06/2015 1941-1948 2 700 EF3 0 12 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (near SE 56th/Eastern - just W of SE 44th/I-35)
111 04/26/2016 1908-1912 4 50 EF0 0 0 Canadian/ Oklahoma 1 NE Mustang (near SW 59th/Sara - SW Oklahoma City (NE of SW 29th/County Line Road)
112 04/26/2016 1943-1953 10 150 EF1 0 0 Oklahoma 4 NW Jones - 3 NNW Luther
113 04/26/2016 1949-1953 4 100 EF0 0 0 Oklahoma/ Logan 3 N Arcadia - 7 SSW Meridian
114 10/09/2018 0724-0725 1 10 EF0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (near NE 23rd/Kelley - near NE 30th/Prospect)
115 10/09/2018 0728-0746 10 20 EF1 0 0 Oklahoma 2 SSW Midwest City (near SE 29th and Town Center Drive) - 1 SW Jones
116 10/09/2018 0733-0742 6 70 EF0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City/Edmond (SE of NE 122nd/I-35 - SE of Danforth/Midwest)
117 10/09/2018 0742 5 20 EF0 0 0 Oklahoma Choctaw (just S of NE 23rd/Choctaw) - 5 NE Choctaw
118 05/25/2019 2146-2147 0.9 50 EF0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (NW 11th Terrace and Warren Place to NW12th and Portland)
119 05/25/2019 2149-2150 0.7 50 EF0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (NW20th/Blackwelder to NW24th/Western)
120 05/25/2019 2153 0.5 30 EF0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (near NE 42nd and Kelley)
121 05/25/2019 2157 0.2 30 EF0 0 0 Oklahoma Oklahoma City (near NE 63rd and Interstate 35)
122 08/26/2019 1955-2001 3.4 500 EF1 0 0 Logan/ Oklahoma 2 SSW Seward - 5 NNW Edmond
 

Significant Tornadoes in Oklahoma County

  Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  11/19/1930 0930 7 100   23 77 Oklahoma Bethany

This rare tornado is only 1 of 3 violent tornadoes to have been documented to have occurred during the month of November in Oklahoma since 1900. Between 9:30 am and 9:58 am CST, it moved north-northeast from 3 miles west of the Oklahoma City limits, and hit the eastern part of Bethany. About 110 homes and 700 other buildings, or about a fourth of the town, were damaged or destroyed. Near the end of the damage path, 3.5 miles northeast of Wiley Post Airfield, the tornado hit the Camel Creek school. Buildings blew apart just as the students were falling to the floor and looking for shelter, and 5 students and a teacher were killed. The tornado killed 23 people and another 150 people were injured, with 77 being seriously injured. Damage estimates were listed at $500,000.

  06/12/1942 2041 2.25 n   35 29 Oklahoma SW Oklahoma City (especially between SW27 and SW29 and between Goff and Portland)

This was the deadliest tornado to strike the Oklahoma City area until the May 3, 1999 F5 tornado. The funnel cut a twisting, erratic path through the southwest part of Oklahoma City. Movement was generally to the northeast, but it often "cut to the east or west". Thirty-five people were killed and 100 persons were injured, with 29 people being hospitalized, and a total of 110 families were affected by the tornado. A total of 73 homes were destroyed and another 31 damaged, and many outbuildings were destroyed. Numerous automobiles and other vehicles were destroyed or damaged. Most of the damage occurred in the 27-29th Street areas between Portland and Goff Avenues. Damage estimates for this tornado were $500, 000.

  05/26/1963 1545 34 N/A F3 1 4 Logan/ Oklahoma/ Lincoln ~6 SE Seward - 3 N Meeker

Severe thunderstorms moving along an east-southeastward path in central Oklahoma produced tornadoes, damaging winds, hail and rain from southwestern Logan County, through northeastern Oklahoma County, and into southwestern Lincoln County. One of the tornadoes touched down about 8 miles southeast of Seward and near the intersection of U.S. Interstate Highway I-35 and the Logan/Oklahoma County line.

The tornado strengthened at about 16:05 CST and produced a swath of destruction that was 0.25 miles wide. The damage path was well defined by downed and twisted trees, and total destruction occurred to 2 homes, 4 barns, and 9 outbuildings, with lesser damage incurred by 10 homes and 7 buildings.

Four persons were injured when their car was picked up and carried 100 feet off of the U.S. Interstate Highway I-35. A second car in that vicinity was blown off the pavement. An oil derrick and pumping unit were destroyed along with 3 storage tanks, one of which was blown 1.5 miles away from its mountings.

The damage path of the tornado continued to just north of Arcadia in Oklahoma County where 2 homes were heavily damaged. The path continued through open country and crossed the Turner Turnpike (U.S. Interstate Highway I-44) just south of Luther. The tornado next leveled buildings on 2 farmsteads 7 miles southeast where a woman was fatally injured when it destroyed her mobile home.

Heavy damage was produced along the path for the next few miles until the tornado lifted 3 miles north of Luther. Hailstones of 1 to 2 inches were reported along the path of the storm.

  11/19/1973 1930 24 500 F3 5 46 McClain/ Cleveland/ Oklahoma Blanchard - Moore - Del City - SE Oklahoma City

A tornado touched down about one mile south-southwest of Blanchard in McClain County at 19:30 CST and moved north-northeastward at 40 mph. The tornado moved through the western portions of Blanchard with top damage wind speeds of 150-175 mph. Thirty-one homes, 2 businesses, and 2 churches were destroyed, and 44 homes along with 2 businesses received major damage. Two occupants of a mobile home were killed and 18 others were injured. Total damages to insured property were $1.8 million. In addition, minor damage in Alex (17 miles south-southwest of Blanchard) may have been associated with this tornado.

Heavy rain accompanied the tornado and apparently obscured any noise made by the storm. The tornado caused spotty damage northeast of Blanchard, mostly light, and then it moved through Moore where it struck a mobile home park in southern Moore, and then many homes and businesses in the northern sections of the city. Two children were killed in the mobile home park where 37 mobile homes were destroyed and 30 others were damaged. On some mobile home trailers, only the frame of the floor and wheels remained. Of the 28 injuries in Moore, most occurred at the mobile home park. Total damages in Moore totaled $2.5 million.

As the tornado moved north-northeast into southern Oklahoma City, substantial damage to a warehouse occurred at about 20:00 CST along 89th Street. A watchman at the warehouse was killed when a concrete block wall collapsed on him. As the tornado continued on, minor roof damage occurred in southeastern Oklahoma City and Del City northward to about 20th Street SE.

  03/28/1988 1805 0.8 33 F1 1 1 Oklahoma OKC (near I - 40 and Anderson Road)

A supercell thunderstorm moved across the southern half of Oklahoma County producing very heavy rain, large hail, and a brief tornado. Rainfall amounts of around 2 inches fell in a short time causing flash flooding across several areas of the county. Three automobiles were washed off the roadway at SE 59th and Eastern in Oklahoma City.

Hail ranging from 1 to 4 inches in size fell across southern sections of Oklahoma County with the most damage occurring in the southeastern quarter of the county. Winds of 60 to 70 mph occurred with the hail, causing major damage to houses. businesses, and autos. The General Motors plant had 1500 new cars totaled and Tinker Air Force Base had several large planes damaged. Damage from the hail across southern Oklahoma County was estimated at $35 million.

A tornado set down near Interstate Highway 40 and Audubon Road and moved east-northeast for 3/4 of a mile. The tornado set down at the top of a hill in a mobile home park and moved down the hill, damaging several mobile homes and destroying one mobile home at the bottom of the hill. A woman was killed in the destroyed mobile home and her husband was injured. Damage at the mobile home park was estimated at $150,000.

  05/03/1999 1726-1848 38 1760 F5 36 583 Grady/ McClain/ Cleveland/ Oklahoma 2 SSW Amber - far N Newcastle - SW Oklahoma City - N Moore-S Del City-W Midwest City

This violent, long-lived tornado was the most infamous of nearly 60 tornadoes that struck central Oklahoma during an unprecedented outbreak on this Monday afternoon and evening of May 3, 1999. The tornado was the 9th of 14 tornadoes produced by a supercell thunderstorm during the tornado outbreak. It formed around 5:26 pm CST about 2 miles south-southwest of Amber, OK, and grew rapidly to monstrous proportions as it headed to the northeast, paralleling U.S. Interstate Highway I-44. It moved across Bridge Creek, OK and rural parts of northwest Newcastle, OK, causing continuous F4 and sporadic F5 damage. The tornado was estimated to be a mile in diameter in this area.

It weakened to F2/F3 intensity and narrowed to less than 1/4 mile in width as it crossed U.S. Interstate Highway I-44 and the South Canadian River northeast of Newcastle and entered far south Oklahoma City, OK southwest of 149th Street and May Avenue around 6:12 pm CST. But it regained F4/F5 intensity and widened again to 1/2 to occasionally 3/4 mile as it moved northeast across south Oklahoma City, entering Moore, OK just west and north of 12th Street and Santa Fe.

Still moving northeast and still producing F4 and occasional F5 damage, it crossed U.S. Interstate Highway I-35 at the Shields Boulevard junction and moved into northeast Moore, at which point it weakened slightly to F3/sporadic F4 intensity and began a gradual turn to the left. This turn took the tornado more to the north-northeast as it crossed U.S. Interstate Highway I-240 between Bryant Avenue and Sunnylane Road. It crossed southeastern Oklahoma City and entered Del City, OK as an F4 tornado, width 1/3 to 1/2 mile, along SE 44th between Sunnylane and Sooner Roads, and continued north-northeast to the northwestern part of Tinker Air Force Base, near SE 29th Street and Sooner Road.

Continuing to turn slowly, it moved almost due north but maintained F4 intensity as it crossed U.S. Interstate Highway I-40 just east of Sooner Road and continued north to between SE 15th Street and Reno Avenue. The tornado then weakened rapidly to F0/F1 intensity as it crossed Reno Avenue, and at 6:48 pm CST dissipated about 3 blocks north of Reno between Sooner Road and Air Depot Boulevard.

Totals from this tornado include 36 direct fatalities (12 in Bridge Creek, 1 in Newcastle, 9 in southern/southeastern Oklahoma City, 5 in Moore, 6 in Del City, and 3 in Midwest City), 5 indirect fatalities during or shortly after the tornado, 583 direct injuries, numerous indirect injuries (too many to count), 1800 homes destroyed, and 2500 homes damaged. The tornado was also the 100th tornado to strike the Oklahoma City area since 1890. Total damage was estimated at $1 billion.

  05/10/2010 1620-1651 24 2000 EF4 2 49 Cleveland/ Oklahoma Far north Norman (near Santa Fe/Indian Hill Road) - south Moore - Lake Draper - I-40/Choctaw - 1.5 SSE Harrah

This long-tracked and devastating tornado developed west of U.S. Interstate Highway I-35, northwest of Max Westheimer Airport. Widespread tree, power line/pole damage was reported from near I-35 to the east side of Stanley Draper Lake. Several homes also sustained damage, mainly with mostly roofs receiving significant damage, and some siding was ripped off. Several fences were also knocked down as the tornado moved northeast.

From the east side of Lake Stanley Draper, near Hiwassee Road and SE 89th Street, to just south of Harrah, the damage path became more severe and focused. The tree damage became more severe, breaking at various heights of the tree or being uprooted. Walls of homes collapsed, and debris from the homes scattered in all directions. Several 2x4's punctured roofs and ceilings over numerous structures. A few mobile homes in this area were also completely destroyed.

Where the tornado crossed U.S. Interstate Highway I-40, a gas station and drive-in restaurant sustained up to EF-3 damage. The most severe damage, one of the two EF-4 tornadoes of the day, occurred in the Deerfield West Subdivision. A well-built residence here was completely destroyed, with most exterior and interior walls collapsing. The tornado finally lifted 2 miles south of Harrah. In addition to the incredible damage, one person lost their life while trying to flee the tornado.

 

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.