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Tornado Track Map for Pottawatomie County, OK
 
Pottawatomie County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  04/25/1893 1830 45     31 many Cleveland/ Pottawatomie SW of Moore - near "Case" (12 E Moore)
  03/04/1894 2030 15 440   1 3 Pottawatomie Shawnee
  05/08/1909             Pottawatomie Near McComb
  06/14/1916 0330       0   Pottawatomie Near Wanette
  04/30/1918 1500 17 400       Pottawatomie/ Lincoln NE of Shawnee - E of Prague
  03/28/1924 1545 50 200   8 60 Cleveland/ Pottawatomie/ Lincoln Near Noble - Shawnee - near Prague
  07/24/1931 2000 1 50   0 0 Pottawatomie 8 NW Shawnee
  06/09/1937 1930 10 440   0 5 Pottawatomie Maud (possibly 3 killed)
  05/04/1941 1630 10 350   1 3 Pottawatomie .5 E Macomb
  05/04/1941 1700 2 33   0 1 Pottawatomie Tecumseh > NE
  05/02/1942 1530 60 1230   16 many Pottawatomie/ Lincoln/ Okfuskee/ Creek Near McLoud - Paden - Boley - Childsville - Welty - near Tuskegee
  05/26/1944 1900   150   0 2 Pottawatomie NW of Shawnee
  05/24/1946 1530 6 100   0 0 Pottawatomie Near Shawnee
  04/30/1949 1455 52* 250   3 56 McClain/ Cleveland/ Pottawatomie/ Lincoln 5 S Blanchard - W of Norman; S of McLoud - E of Meeker (likely separate events)
  04/30/1949 1645 8 2250   0 0 Pottawatomie Near Econtuchka
  08/13/1949 1100 0.5 n   0 0 Pottawatomie 6 N Shawnee
Pottawatomie County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 12/02/1953 2130 1.5 880 F1 0 1 Pottawatomie Shawnee
2 05/01/1954 1800 59 10 F4 0 65 Pottawatomie/ Lincoln/ Creek NE of Dale - Meeker - Sparks - Davenport - near Depew
3 04/26/1955 1200 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Pottawatomie near Shawnee
4 05/26/1955 0330 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Pottawatomie near Shawnee
5 01/22/1957 0330 64 440 F2 0 0 Pottawatomie/ Seminole/ Hughes/ Okfuskee/ McIntosh Near St. Louis - Wewoka - Wetumka - Weeletka – Ryal [likely tornado family]
6 04/02/1957 1840 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Pottawatomie 3 W Asher
7 05/24/1957 1800 31 440 F2 0 0 Garvin/ McClain/ Pottawatomie SW of Wynnewood - Wynnewood; S of Wanette - Wanette - 6 NW McComb
8 09/14/1957 1730 68 440 F4 2 6 Cleveland/ Pottawatomie/ Seminole/ Hughes Southern Cleveland County NW of Wayne - near Sacred Heart - near Konawa - near Wetumka
9 09/14/1957 1756 0.5 43 F2 0 3 Pottawatomie Bethel (5 W Shawnee)
10 05/04/1960 2005 8 10 F4 0 0 Pottawatomie/ Seminole 2 W- 5 N Konawa
11 05/05/1960 1500 102 400 F3 0 0 Cleveland/ Pottawatomie/ Lincoln/ Creek/ Tulsa SW of Corbett - Tribbey- Macomb -2 W Tecumseh; near Bellmont - Depew - 4 W Sand Springs [tornado family]
12 05/05/1960 1700 72 800 F5 5 81 Pottawatomie/ Lincoln/ Okfuskee/ Creek S of Shawnee- between Paden and Prague- Iron Post- Sapulpa- NE of Sapulpa
13 02/17/1961 1815 73 300 F3 0 11 Garvin/ Pontotoc/ Pottawatomie/ Seminole/ Hughes/ Okfuskee/ Okmulgee Stratford - Konawa - Wewoka - S of Shulter [tornado family.]
14 02/17/1961 1900 7 10 F2 0 1 Pottawatomie 9 W- 4 NW Shawnee
15 05/08/1961 0150 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Pottawatomie 5 S Tecumseh
16 05/26/1962 0040 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Pottawatomie 4 WSW Dale
17 05/26/1962 0050 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Pottawatomie 9 WSW Macomb
18 05/28/1962 1720 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Pottawatomie 3 N Shawnee
19 05/28/1962 2140 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Pottawatomie Near Asher
20 05/26/1963 1730 3 10 F2 0 0 Pottawatomie 2 ESE Tecumseh - between Hotulko and Harjo
21 05/26/1963 1800 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Pottawatomie 2 NNW Maud
22 04/14/1965 1834 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Pottawatomie 8 W Tecumseh
23 04/14/1965 1845 0.1 23 F2 0 0 Pottawatomie 3 SW Shawnee
24 05/09/1965 1515 0.1 100 F2 0 3 Pottawatomie 6 SW Shawnee
25 05/18/1965 1820 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Pottawatomie Near Bellmont
26 05/27/1965 2225 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Pottawatomie SW of Asher
27 06/11/1967 1705 0.5 10 F0 0 0 Pottawatomie Near Bethel Acres
28 05/13/1968 1345 12 100 F3 0 0 Pottawatomie/ Seminole 5 WSW- 6 NNE Konawa
29 10/05/1970 1540 24 200 F2 0 1 Cleveland/ Pottawatomie 5 NE Lexington - 8 SE Tecumseh
30 10/05/1970 1542 25 150 F4 4 84 Pottawatomie/ Lincoln/ Okfuskee Shawnee- Prague- 2 N Paden
31 06/08/1974 1850 2 800 F2 0 0 Pottawatomie 4 SSW McLoud
32 06/29/1976 1810 1.5 30 F0 0 0 Pottawatomie 5 NW Shawnee
33 06/29/1976 1815 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Pottawatomie Near McLoud
34 05/21/1977 0030 9 100 F2 0 0 Pottawatomie 3 SW - ~6 NE Shawnee
35 04/10/1979 1845 5 100 F2 0 0 Pottawatomie/ Lincoln 5 SW- 2 SW Prague
36 04/10/1979 2005 0.2 13 F0 0 0 Pottawatomie/ Seminole N of Maud
37 04/10/1979 2005 0.2 13 F0 0 0 Pottawatomie W of Maud
38 05/17/1981 1810 10 587 F3 0 6 Pottawatomie 4 SSW Tecumseh - ~3 NW Earlsboro
39 05/23/1981 1725 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Pottawatomie Near Shawnee
40 05/23/1981 1730 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Pottawatomie Shawnee (N of I-40 and Kickapoo)
41 06/14/1981 2150 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Pottawatomie Near Shawnee
42 11/19/1985 0610 0.3 70 F1 0 0 Pottawatomie 3 N Earlsboro
43 05/16/1986 2310 0.5 73 F1 0 0 Pottawatomie S of Macomb
44 03/13/1990 1759-1845 19 200 F2 0 1 Cleveland/ Pottawatomie/ Lincoln 1 SW Stella- Stella- 4 W Meeker
45 06/08/1998 1811-1815 4 50 F1 0 0 Pottawatomie/ Seminole 3 WSW - 1 SE Maud
46 10/04/1998 2050-2055 3 100 F1 0 0 Pottawatomie NW Shawnee
47 10/04/1998 2058-2100 2 100 F1 0 0 Pottawatomie SE Shawnee
48 10/04/1998 2108-2125 10 880 F3 0 1 Seminole/ Pottawatomie 5 WNW Little - Center View - 3 SE Prague
49 05/03/1999 1934-1952 9 30 F1 0 0 Cleveland/ Pottawatomie 1 N Etowah - Pink - 2 NNE Pink
50 05/03/1999 2005-2020 7 250 F2 1 10 Pottawatomie 2 N Bethel Acres - NW Shawnee - 7 E McLoud
51 05/03/1999 2020-2045 11 100 F1 0 0 Pottawatomie/ Lincoln 6 NNW Downtown Shawnee - SE Meeker - 4 NE Meeker
52 04/11/2001 0200-0206 5 50 F1 0 0 Pottawatomie 4 NW Maud - 1.5 NNW Harjo
53 05/16/2003 1205-1217 5 40 F1 0 0 Pottawatomie/ Lincoln 3.7 S - 2.2 ENE Prague (13.2 E Aydelotte - 2.2 ENE Prague)
54 05/07/2007 0215 0.1 20 EF0 0 0 Pottawatomie 2 WSW Dale
55 05/10/2010 1632-1659 22 880 EF4 1 32 Cleveland/ Pottawatomie Norman (near SH-9/Jenkins) - Little Axe - 4 E Pink
56 05/10/2010 1639-1659 17 440 EF2 0 3 Cleveland/ Pottawatomie 7 ESE Noble - Norman (east) - 4 E Pink
57 05/10/2010 1648-1702 7 880 EF3 0 3 Pottawatomie 4.5 NNW Pink - 5 NW Shawnee
58 05/10/2010 1656-1747 37 2200 EF3 0 28 Pottawatomie/ Seminole/ Okfuskee 3 WSW Tecumseh - Tecumseh - 3.5 N Bearden
59 05/24/2011 1736-1739 2 50 EF2 0 32 Pottawatomie 4.5 SSW - 3.5 S McLoud
60 04/13/2012 1624 0.2 20 EF0 0 0 Pottawatomie 3 E Dale
61 05/19/2013 1700-1750 23 1500 EF4 2 10 Cleveland/ Pottawatomie Norman (9 E Downtown) - 6.5 ESE McLoud
62 05/19/2013 1740-1743 2 30 EF0 0 0 Pottawatomie 4 SSE - 2.5 SE Dale
63 05/19/2013 1759-1812 7 450 EF2 0 0 Pottawatomie/ Lincoln 6 WSW - 2.5 N Prague
64 05/19/2015 1519 0.1 20 EF0 0 0 Pottawatomie 4 NW Macomb
65 05/02/2018 2019-2020 0.8 50 EF1 0 0 Pottawatomie 2 ENE Macomb - 2 S Brooksville
66 05/21/2019 0333-0342 2.6 400 EF2 0 0 Pottawatomie 1 E - 3 NE Dale
67 05/21/2019 0350-0355 2.3 30 EF0 0 0 Pottawatomie/ Lincoln 3.5 SE - 2.5 E Meeker
 

Significant Tornadoes in Pottawatomie County

  Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  09/14/1957 1730 68 440 F4 2 6 Cleveland/ Pottawatomie/ Seminole/ Hughes Southern Cleveland County NW of Wayne - near Sacred Heart - near Konawa - near Wetumka

This tornado formed northwest of the town of Wayne in McClain County near the Canadian River and moved nearly eastward along a hit-and-miss path. In southern Cleveland County, a damage path 3 miles long and 1/4 mile wide was documented. In this area, 3 barns were destroyed, trees snapped, and crops flattened by wind, rain, and hail.

The tornado continued almost due east and the worst damage was inflicted in a 7-mile long area near Sacred Heart in southeastern Pottawatomie County and southwestern Seminole County. A tornado was observed 2 miles northwest of Konowa, OK at 6:55 pm CST. Two persons killed and 6 injured in 3 homes which were completely leveled along this path. Many other homes and buildings were damaged. Extensive damage occurred to oil field equipment and a total of 8 rigs were destroyed with losses estimated at $40,000.

Other wind damage was reported near Wetumka, OK, but this damage was probably unrelated to this tornado, a may have been related to another in a series of tornadoes produced by the same parent supercell thunderstorm or another supercell. It is possible that the damage caused in Wetumka was due to straight-line winds.

  05/05/1960 1700 72 800 F5 5 81 Pottawatomie/ Lincoln/ Okfuskee/ Creek S of Shawnee - between Paden and Prague - Iron Post - Sapulpa - NE of Sapulpa

This violent tornado was initially observed as it formed in the North Canadian River bottomlands just south of the city of Shawnee OK. Several farmsteads and the Resthaven Cemetery were damaged or destroyed 2 miles east of Shawnee. Several more farmsteads were destroyed and general destruction occurred in the Eoontuohka area. At least 14 farmsteads were destroyed between Prague, OK and Paden, OK at 5:27 pm CST. There was extensive destruction in the area.

The tornado was described as a huge, white, barrel-shaped cloud that stayed completely on the ground. Northeast of Prague, a million-dollar refinery received about $750,000 in damage. Several company homes were destroyed. Farmsteads were damaged and destroyed all along the rest of the rest of the long path northeastward.

Two people were killed and eleven injured in the Iron Post area south of Bristow, OK. This tornado caused the most damage as it moved through the west and north portions of Sapulpa, OK at 6:32 pm CST. Three persons were killed and 70 injured, and a total of 1000 people were homeless.

There were about 300 homes destroyed or damaged. Of this total approximately 100 homes were completely destroyed with 100 more receiving heavy damage and another 100 homes incurring partial damage. A school and 2 churches were also destroyed, and trees and utilities were heavily damaged. The storm covered a 12-15 block area in Sapulpa.

The funnel lifted northeast of Sapulpa and was observed aloft over Tulsa, OK at 7:00 pm CST. High winds destroyed a house in Tulsa and other general damage was reported. Large hail fell east and northeast of Shawnee, and some hail was observed near the entire path of the tornado.

  10/05/1970 1542 25 150 F4 4 84 Pottawatomie/ Lincoln/ Okfuskee Shawnee- Prague- 2 N Paden

The only violent tornado to occur in October in Oklahoma since records began in 1950, did immense damage to the towns of Shawnee and Prague.  It formed over Shawnee in Pottawatomie County, and traveled through the center of the town before moving northeast and crossing U.S. Interstate Highway 40 about 6.5 miles northeast of Shawnee.  The tornado cut an intermittent path to the northeast and then hit the town of Prague in Lincoln County. The tornado sliced through the southwestern portion of Prague, OK before it dissipated 2 miles north of Paden, in Okfuskee County. 

Four persons were killed and another 80 injured in Shawnee. At Prague, four people were injured.  In Shawnee, the storm damaged 157 businesses, 564 residential homes, 12 public buildings, 10 churches, and 5 schools.  In Prague, 14 homes and 1 business establishment were damaged.

  05/03/1999 2005-2020 7 250 F2 1 10 Pottawatomie 2 N Bethel Acres - NW Shawnee - 7 E McLoud

This tornado formed in rural Pottawatomie County near Independence Road and Drummond Road, or about 6 miles west-northwest of Downtown Shawnee, OK. A few trees were damaged as the tornado moved northeast into the Clarks Heights addition, along U.S. Highway 270, just south of U.S. Interstate Highway I-40. At 45th Street, a portion of a roof was blown off; a nursery was damaged; awnings were destroyed, and trees were downed. As the tornado crossed U.S. Highway 270, the air conditioner was taken off the roof of the El Charro restaurant. Continuing northeast into the West Gate neighborhood, 15 homes suffered significant damage. Three homes were completely unroofed, warranting an F2 rating, and a number of others were partially unroofed. Other homes suffered shingle damage; a number of large trees were downed, and a garage collapsed. Signs were also downed along the interstate adjacent to this neighborhood.

The next area of significant damage was along the 38800 block of Garrett's Lake Road where a mobile home was destroyed. The frame of the home was blown 50 to 75 yards to the northwest. The disintegration of the mobile home indicated a high F1 or borderline F2 intensity in this area. A few hundred yards to the northeast, the warehouse of Shawnee Light Systems was damaged; one large metal storage building was unroofed, and other buildings were damaged. The tornado crossed Acme Road and struck a number of double-wide mobile homes along Valley View Drive, where one fatality and one serious injury occurred in the same home. The mobile homes most heavily damaged in this area were destroyed, but not disintegrated. To the north, a barn was destroyed, and trees were damaged as the tornado crossed Wolverine Road. The tornado then curved to the north-northwest crossing Acme Road damaging more trees before dissipating.

  05/10/2010 1632-1659 22 880 EF4 1 32 Cleveland/ Pottawatomie Norman (near SH-9/Jenkins) - Little Axe - 4 E Pink

This violent tornado touched down a few hundred yards south of the National Weather Center in Norman, OK. The damage intensity increased gradually along the path with significant damage beginning as the tornado approached Lake Thunderbird. This tornado crossed Lake Thunderbird, severely damaging two campgrounds and the marina where about 300 boats were docked.

The most severe damage occurred from the Little Axe School to the Cleveland/Pottawatomie county line. Trees were stripped of some bark and branches. Large objects were thrown considerable distances, including some concrete pillars. The metal bleachers near the school were tossed or rolled several hundred yards. Some appliances were also lofted as a dryer was found about 50 feet up in a tree. Considerable structural damage also occurred, as some foundation homes were mostly destroyed. In addition to the damage, one person lost their life as a result of the tornado.

  05/19/2013 1700-1750 23 1500 EF4 2 10 Cleveland/ Pottawatomie Norman (9 E Downtown) - 6.5 ESE McLoud

A long track tornado began at 5:00 pm CST (6:00 pm CDT) in Cleveland County in east Norman to the north of Lake Thunderbird along 96th Avenue to the south of Tecumseh Road. The tornado moved northeast, crossing the eastern arm of Lake Thunderbird. A number of homes were significantly damaged as the tornado moved east-northeast through neighborhoods from near Indian Hills Road and 168th Avenue SE to the Pottawatomie County line.

The large tornado moved east-northeast into Pottawatomie County at 5:20 pm CST then curving northeast as it approached State Highway 102. The tornado moved through a mobile home park north of Independence Road after crossing OK State Highway 102. Just northeast of the mobile home park, a permanent home was destroyed with much of the debris blown well to the northeast. It continued northeast crossing U.S. Interstate Highway I-40 near the intersection of U.S. Highway 177, then curved north-northeast finally dissipating near Wolverine Road and Coker Road at 5:50 PM CST. One fatality occurred in the mobile home park, and another man was killed in his vehicle.

 

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.