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Tornado Track Map for Adair County, OK
 
Adair County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  12/04/1908             Adair near Westville
  03/26/1949 0510 20* 300   1   Adair near Westville
Adair County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 05/06/1961 1500 0.8 10 F1 0 0 Adair 6 W Stilwell
2 05/08/1961 0340 0.1 200 F2 0 0 Adair 4 E Stilwell
3 06/30/1966 1615 0.2 33 F1 0 0 Adair NW of Stilwell
4 06/01/1968 1415 11 500 F2 0 0 Adair OK/ Benton AR 2 SW Watts OK- Watts OK- Just E of Siloam Spring AR
5 06/11/1970 2015 52 10 F3 1 45 Adair OK/ Washington AR/ Benton AR Near Bunch OK - Stilwell OK - Springdale AR - Near Beaver Lake AR [One injury and no fatalities in Oklahoma]
6 06/16/1973 1920 0.1 40 F1 0 0 Adair 1 E Westville
7 10/28/1991 0415 10 800 F1 0 0 Adair 3 NW Westville- 4 NW Watts
8 04/24/1993 2015 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Adair 5 SW Watts
9 04/17/1995 2302-2304 1 73 F1 0 0 Adair 3 SE- 3 ESE Stilwell
10 10/26/1995 1846-1852 3 73 F0 0 0 Adair 7 WNW- 4 NW Stilwell
11 05/04/1999 0211 0.5 50 F1 0 0 Adair 4 NE Proctor
12 05/04/1999 1154-1237 38 n/a F3 0 0 Sequoyah OK/ Adair OK/ Crawford AR/ Washington AR 4 W Short OK - 7 SW Fayetteville AR
13 05/10/1999 0211 0.5 50 F0 0 0 Adair 4 N Proctor
14 01/07/2008 2008 0.1 50 EF0 0 0 Adair 4 SW Watts
15 04/10/2008 0415-0317 3 300 EF2 0 0 Adair 5.5 NNW - 7 N Bunch
16 04/10/2008 0426-0433 10 400 EF2 0 0 Adair OK/ Washington AR 5.5 ESE Stilwell OK - 4 SW Lincoln AR
17 12/31/2010 0605-0627 21 500 EF3 4 10 Adair OK/ Washington AR/ Benton AR 0.5 N Westville OK - Cincinnati AR - 3 NW Tontitown AR [EF2 with no fatalities or injuries in Oklahoma]
18 05/22/2011 1914-1927 5 200 EF2 0 0 Adair/ Delaware 2.5 N Chewey - 5 E Kansas
19 04/15/2012 0822-0843 15 500 EF1 0 0 Cherokee/ Adair/ Cherokee/ Adair 9 SSE Tahlequah - 4 WSW Christie
20 05/20/2013 1732-1734 2 150 EF1 0 0 Adair 2 SE Proctor - 2 WNW Christie
21 05/20/2013 1735-1737 3 300 EF1 0 0 Adair 1.5 WSW - 1.5 N Christie
22 05/20/2013 1740-1747 8 500 EF1 0 0 Adair OK/ Washington AR 1 NE Addielee OK - 2 NNW Cincinnati AR
23 03/25/2015 1906 0.1 50 EF0 0 0 Adair 5 W Watts
24 07/09/2015 1618-1623 4 500 EF1 0 0 Adair 4 N - 7 NE Proctor
25 03/23/2016 2051-2106 11 800 EF2 0 4 Adair OK/ Crawford AR/ Washington AR 11 SE Stilwell OK - 5.5 NE Evansville AR [EF1 and 0 injuries in Oklahoma]
26 03/06/2017 2144-2155 6 650 EF1 0 0 Adair 3.5 SE - 7.5 NE Bunch
27 11/30/2018 2143-2246 47 1100 EF2 0 5 Sequoyah/ Cherokee/ Adair/ Delaware Blackgum - 2.7 SE Colcord
28 10/20/2019 2300-2309 9.1 900 EF1 0 0 Adair OK/ Benton AR 5.7 NW Watts OK - 2.5 SE Siloam Springs AR
29 05/25/2020 1811-1813 0.6 120 EF1 0 0 Adair 2.4 N - 3 N Watts
30 04/28/2021 0501-0504 1.5 100 EF? 0 0 Adair 5.5 WNW - 4.5 NW Stilwell
31 04/28/2021 0506-0519 7.1 225 EF1 0 0 Adair 3 NW - 6.5 NNE Stilwell
 

Significant Tornadoes in Adair County

  Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  06/11/1970 2015 52 10 F3 1
(0)
45
(1)
Adair OK/ Washington AR/ Benton AR Near Bunch OK - Stilwell OK - Springdale AR - Near Beaver Lake AR [One injury and no fatalities in Oklahoma]

A tornado skipped along a path from near Bunch to Stilwell, remaining aloft most of the time. One observer reported sighting the funnel while another spotter reported a noise like that of jet planes. The Cherokee Children's Mission School near Bunch was damaged and considerable damage was reported in the northwestern section of Stilwell. One teenage boy was injured by flying glass near the children's school. The tornado then moved into Washington County, Arkansas.

The first noticeable wind damage from this strong tornado was in the vicinity of AR Highway 59 and U.S. Highway 62 in western Washington County near the Oklahoma border. Northeast of this area, in the Rhea, Lincoln, Wheeler, and Harmon vicinities, 12 poultry houses value at $200,000 and chickens valued at $100,000 were lost. In addition, the town of Rhea suffered damage to a community house and the Rhea Methodist Church was moved from its foundation.

The hardest hit area in Washington County was the community of Springdale where a shopping, residential, and apartment complex sustained in excess of $1 million in a short period from 9:32-9:35 pm CST. The very distinct path in this area was 3.5 miles in length and 200 yards in width. A combined total of 138 homes, apartments, and businesses were extensively damaged. Much of the Elmdale Shopping Center and Elmdale Manor were leveled. The funnel scoured the ground from about 2 miles west of Springdale. The first noticeable wind damage in Washington County

The tornado crossed into Benton County and continued northeastward. Five henhouses were damaged on the Leslie Farm on AR State Highway 264 and minor damage was done to the Hickory and Rocky Ranch boat docks 10 and 15 miles northeast of Springdale respectively as the tornado crossed parts of Beaver Lake. One person was killed and 44 people were injured along the tornado's path in Arkansas. This may have been a series of tornadoes as the damage path was not continuous, and witnesses saw a tornado lift and dissipate northeast of Springdale and about a mile south of the Washington/Benton county line.

  12/31/2010 0605-0627 21 500 EF3 4 10 Adair OK/ Washington AR/ Benton AR 0.5 N Westville OK - Cincinnati AR - 3 NW Tontitown AR [EF2 with no fatalities or injuries in Oklahoma]

Unseasonably warm and moist air spread into eastern Oklahoma ahead of a cold front. Scattered thunderstorms developed in the late evening and early morning hours ahead of the cold front as a weak upper-level disturbance passed through the region. Large hail and damaging wind gusts occurred with some of these storms. Another round of storms developed on the cold front as it moved into eastern Oklahoma a few hours before sunrise. Weak to moderate instability combined with very strong low level wind shear created an environment that supported supercell thunderstorm structures. Several supercells developed resulting in large hail and damaging wind gusts in the hours just before and after sunrise on the 31st. One of these supercells produced a long-track, strong tornado that began in Adair County, Oklahoma, and moved into Washington County, Arkansas, where it killed four people in and near the town of Cincinnati.

A tornado developed just northeast of Westville and moved rapidly northeastward damaging a home, tossing or rolling four vehicles, snapping at least 13 large power poles, and snapping or uprooting large trees. Estimated maximum wind based on this damage was 125 mph. This tornado continued into Washington County, Arkansas.

The tornado moved into Washington County snapping numerous trees as it approached the town of Cincinnati. In Cincinnati, the tornado destroyed several permanent homes, destroyed the volunteer fire station, destroyed a mobile home, damaged several other permanent homes, snapped or uprooted numerous trees, snapped numerous power poles, and destroyed barns and outbuildings. Two people were killed in the mobile home that was destroyed and a third person was killed either in or near a barn while he was tending to his cattle. At least seven injuries also occurred. The tornado was about 300 yards wide when it went through town. The maximum estimated wind speed in the tornado based on this damage was 140 mph.

The tornado continued to move rapidly northeastward and widened to about 500 yards northeast of Cincinnati. Several permanent homes were severely damaged, several mobile homes were destroyed, at least four chicken houses were destroyed, outbuildings were destroyed, numerous trees were snapped or uprooted, and power poles were snapped. A woman in one of the mobile homes that was destroyed was transported to a hospital with serious injuries. She later died from those injuries on January 4th. The tornado then moved into Benton County, Arkansas.

The tornado severely damaged a couple permanent homes, destroyed a mobile home, destroyed barns, snapped or uprooted numerous trees, and snapped power poles in this portion of Benton County. Two injuries occurred in the mobile home that was destroyed on Winwood Ranch Road. The maximum estimated wind speed based on this damage was 130 mph. The tornado continued into Washington County, Arkansas.

Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted in this segment. Estimated maximum wind speed based on this damage was 125 mph. The tornado moved northeastward and crossed back into Benton County, Arkansas.

The tornado severely damaged a permanent home, destroyed a barn, snapped or uprooted numerous trees, and snapped power poles. The maximum estimated wind speed in this segment of the tornado based on this damage was 125 mph. The tornado moved northeast and back into Washington County, Arkansas.

The tornado overturned a box truck on Highway 412, injuring its driver, severely damaged a couple permanent homes, severely damaged a mobile home, snapped or uprooted numerous trees, and snapped numerous power poles. The maximum estimated wind speed in this segment of the tornado based on this damage was 125 mph.

  03/23/2016 2051-2106 11 800 EF2 0 4 Adair OK/ Crawford AR/ Washington AR 11 SE Stilwell OK - 5.5 NE Evansville AR [EF1 and 0 injuries in Oklahoma]

Strong to severe thunderstorms developed along and ahead of a dry line over central Oklahoma during the late afternoon hours of the March 23, 2016. The storms developed eastward across eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas during the evening hours. The storms produced a strong tornado, hail up to golfball size, and damaging wind across eastern Oklahoma as they moved through the region.

In Adair County, this tornado snapped or uprooted numerous trees. Based on this tree damage, maximum estimated wind in this segment of the tornado was 95 to 105 mph. The tornado continued into Crawford County, Arkansas.

In Crawford County, this tornado destroyed a mobile home and snapped or uprooted numerous trees. Two people in the mobile home at the time the tornado hit were severely injured. Based on this damage, maximum estimated wind in this segment of the tornado was 110 to 120 mph. The tornado continued into Washington County, Arkansas.

In Washington County, this tornado destroyed several mobile homes, rolled a sport utility vehicle several hundred feet, destroyed outbuildings, severely damaged two homes, and snapped or uprooted numerous trees. Two people were injured when a double-wide mobile home they were in was rolled. Based on this damage, maximum estimated wind in this segment of the tornado was 120 to 130 mph.

  11/30/2018 2143-2246 47 1100 EF2 0 5 Sequoyah/ Cherokee/ Adair/ Delaware Blackgum - 2.7 SE Colcord

Thunderstorms developed during the evening hours of the November 30, 2018 across central and eastern Oklahoma. Moderately strong atmospheric instability across the area combined with very strong wind shear to produce organized severe thunderstorms, including supercells. Supercell thunderstorms produced several tornadoes and damaging thunderstorm wind gusts across eastern Oklahoma. One of the tornadoes was strong and exceptionally long-tracked, affecting Sequoyah, Cherokee, Adair, and Delaware Counties. A squall line moved rapidly across the area ahead of the surging cold front and produced additional tornadoes and damaging wind gusts.

This long-track tornado developed near Blackgum in Sequoyah where homes were damaged, barns and outbuildings were destroyed, and trees were snapped. The tornado moved north-northeast, snapping and uprooting numerous trees as it approached an inlet of Lake Tenkiller. Based on this damage, maximum estimated wind in this segment of the tornado was 100 to 110 mph.

The tornado moved into Cherokee County near an inlet of Lake Tenkiller, where boat docks, lake homes, boats, and outbuildings were destroyed, and trees and power poles were snapped. The tornado moved north-northeast along the eastern shores of Lake Tenkiller, passing through Cookson and Cherokee Landing State Park. Numerous homes were damaged or destroyed, numerous boat docks were destroyed, many boats were destroyed, outbuildings were destroyed, many trees and power poles were snapped, and hangars at the airport west of Cookson were destroyed. From Lake Tenkiller, the tornado continued to move north-northeast across less populated areas of southeastern Cherokee County where a few homes were damaged, outbuildings were destroyed, and trees were snapped or uprooted. The tornado moved into Adair County to the east-northeast of Welling. Based on this damage, maximum estimated wind in this segment of the tornado was 115 to 125 mph.

The tornado moved into Adair County southwest of Wauhillau and moved north-northeast across OK State Highway 51 and the E768 Road. A couple homes were damaged, outbuildings were damaged, and trees were uprooted. The tornado moved back into Cherokee County northwest of Wauhillau. Based on this damage, maximum estimated wind in this segment of the tornado was 90 to 100 mph.

In Cherokee County, the tornado uprooted trees, and then moved back into Adair County south-southwest of Proctor. Based on this damage, maximum estimated wind in this segment of the tornado was 90 to 100 mph.

This long-track tornado moved back into Adair County south-southwest of Proctor and moved north-northeast snapping and uprooting trees on the 754 Road. The tornado crossed U.S. Highway 62 near Proctor where homes were severely damaged, large outbuildings were destroyed, farm equipment was thrown large distances, and many trees were snapped and uprooted. It snapped and uprooted numerous trees and destroyed barns between U.S. Highway 62 and Chewey Road. Some of the tree damage in this heavily-wooded, rural area was extensive. The tornado continued to move north-northeast across heavily wooded terrain and then crossed River Road where numerous trees were uprooted, and finally into Delaware County near Dripping Springs. Based on this damage, maximum estimated wind in this segment of the tornado was 110 to 120 mph.

The tornado moved into Delaware County southwest of Dripping Springs and Natural Falls State Park, where trees were uprooted. The tornado tracked north-northeast damaging a few homes, destroying a couple outbuildings, and snapping and uprooting trees as it crossed OK State Highway 412. It dissipated southeast of Colcord. Based on this damage, maximum estimated wind in this segment of the tornado was 95 to 105 mph.

 

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.