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Tornado Track Map for Atoka County, OK
 
Atoka County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  04/23/1926 1627   300   4 9 Johnston/ Atoka 2 NW Fillmore - E of Coleman
  04/13/1945 2130 3 440   0 10 Atoka 1 W Farris
  05/03/1948 1230 55 750   0 3 Murray/ Johnston/ Atoka 4 S Sulphur - 3 SW Mill Creek - near Caney
Atoka County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 04/14/1953 2300 0.3 23 F2 0 0 Atoka Near Tushka
2 04/28/1956 2200 28 300 F2 0 0 Bryan/ Atoka/ Pushmataha near Matoy - Antlers
3 04/27/1966 1900 10 300 F4 0 2 Johnston/ Atoka 4 NW Fillmore- 3 E Coleman
4 04/19/1968 1215 5 150 F1 0 3 Atoka N of Farris - ~4 SE Farris
5 03/12/1971 1910 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Atoka 3 E Atoka
6 04/20/1972 2010 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Atoka Stringtown
7 06/06/1974 2130 4 100 F2 0 0 Atoka 8 SE- 8 ESE Atoka
8 05/13/1981 1635 2 50 F1 0 0 Atoka 4 NE Atoka
9 05/26/1982 1600 0.5 50 F1 0 0 Atoka 4 ESE Atoka
10 06/03/1982 1848 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Atoka 4 N Atoka
11 06/03/1982 1937 3 50 F1 0 0 Atoka/ Pushmataha 3 E Farris - near Darwin
12 06/11/1982 1500 20 50 F1 0 0 Atoka/ Pushmataha E of Atoka - near Moyers [not continuous]
13 11/22/1982 1610 5 150 F2 0 0 Atoka Near Tushka - E of Atoka
14 04/20/1984 1850 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Atoka Near Atoka
15 02/23/1985 0100 10 500 F2 0 3 Atoka Bentley- Harmony
16 11/30/1985 1930 4 300 F2 0 0 Atoka W part of Bentley- 4 NE Bentley
17 11/15/1987 1130 1 40 F1 0 0 Atoka 2 E Stringtown
18 03/21/1991 1710-1740 19 400 F2 0 6 Atoka 5 W Caney- near Lane
19 03/21/1991 1855 0.5 50 F0 0 0 Atoka Near Bentley
20 03/21/1991 2006 0.3 50 F0 0 0 Atoka 4 SE Atoka
21 06/05/1991 1207 0.2 50 F0 0 0 Atoka 2 SE Stringtown
22 06/05/1991 1207 0.3 50 F0 0 0 Atoka 11 SE Lane
23 06/05/1991 1232-1240 4 100 F0 0 0 Atoka/ Choctaw 11 SE Lane- 7 NNE Boswell
24 05/11/1992 1515-1524 4 73 F0 0 0 Coal/ Atoka 2 N Cairo- 5 W Chockie
25 05/11/1992 1615-1640 16 100 F2 0 0 Atoka/ Pushmataha Daisy- 8 NW Dunbar
26 04/26/1994 1425-1449 12 80 F1 0 0 Atoka/ Pushmataha/ Pittsburg Daisy - 12 ENE Daisy
27 03/26/2000 1855-1856 0.5 250 F1 0 0 Atoka 2.5 E Daisy
28 04/11/2001 0345-0410 19 500 F2 0 4 Johnston/ Atoka 6 SE Tishomingo - 7 NNW Boggy Depot (3 ENE Wapanucka)
29 04/11/2001 0425-0440 13 200 F2 1 1 Coal/ Atoka 3 SE Coalgate - 1 NW Wardville
30 09/08/2001 1433-1434 0.3 25 F0 0 0 Atoka near Chockie
31 04/16/2002 1918-1928 3 100 F1 0 0 Atoka 2 W - 1 N Atoka (north side of Atoka; airport)
32 05/09/2006 1901-1902 0.6 30 F0 0 0 Atoka 2 ESE Stringtown
33 05/09/2006 1904 0.2 20 F0 0 0 Atoka 2 SE Stringtown
34 09/21/2006 1910-1923 11 100 F1 0 0 Atoka 4 SSW Lane - 4 E Farris
35 05/10/2008 1705-1714 4 100 EF2 0 0 Atoka/ Pushmataha 3 NW Daisy - 4 WSW Adel
36 05/10/2010 1942-1945 1.9 400 EF2 0 0 Johnston/ Atoka 1.5 SSW - 2 SSE Coleman
37 04/14/2011 1820-1850 17 1320 EF3 2 40 Atoka 3 E Boggy Depot - Tushka - 2 E Stringtown
38 04/14/2011 1821-1828 4 100 EF1 0 0 Atoka 3 WNW - 2 NNE Tushka
39 04/14/2011 1904-1911 7 125 EF0 0 0 Atoka/ Pushmataha 6 SSW Redden - 1.5 WNW Jumbo
40 04/14/2011 1936-1939 2 400 EF1 0 0 Atoka 4 SE - 4 ESE Atoka
41 04/14/2011 1946-1951 4 500 EF1 0 0 Atoka 1.5 NE Redden - 1.5 WSW Daisy
42 04/14/2011 1958-2016 14 1100 EF1 0 0 Atoka/ Pushmataha/ Pittsburg 1 S Daisy - 4.5 SE Weathers
43 04/14/2011 1959-2000 0.5 125 EF1 0 0 Atoka 2 SE Daisy
44 05/25/2015 1342-1420 19 700 EF3 1 1 Bryan/ Atoka 2.5 WSW Blue - 3 E Caney
45 05/25/2015 1429-1441 8 1000 EF2 0 0 Atoka near Harmony - 3 E Atoka
46 05/25/2015 1506 1 400 EF1 0 0 Atoka 5 NNE Stringtown
47 05/09/2016 1646-1719 13 900 EF1 0 0 Atoka/ Coal/ Atoka 12 WNW - 5 N Atoka
48 05/09/2016 1647 0.3 30 EF? 0 0 Atoka 4 ENE Wapanucka
49 04/30/2019 2007-2042 28 1400 EF3 2 16 Bryan/ Atoka 2 SSE Blue - near Bentley - near Lane
50 05/21/2019 0603-0606 1.5 50 EF1 0 0 Atoka 2 WNW - 2 NNW Boggy Depot State Park. (Near Wilson)
 

Significant Tornadoes in Atoka County

  Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  04/27/1966 1900 10 300 F4 0 2 Johnston/ Atoka 4 NW Fillmore- 3 E Coleman

This tornado formed and was first reported 4 miles northwest of Fillmore on top of a hill in Atoka County. After demolishing the farm and home on the hill, the tornado path swept along the ground east-southeastward for 6 miles. It then skipped along for another 4 miles before dissipating 3 miles east of Coleman. Only two people were injured, one with head cuts and another with severe bruises. The tornado caused damage to 17 farms and 10 homes. Seven homes, 6 barns and numerous outbuildings were destroyed. Ten utility poles were downed and many trees were uprooted.

Complete destruction occurred at one farm with 2 cars and a truck being overturned and blown into a gulley some distance from the house. A food freezer was also found a mile away. In one instance, a piece of sheet iron roofing was blown edgewise against a 4-strand barbed wire fence and neatly sheared into 5 strips. Spotty occurrences of hail were also reported along the path with stones averaging 3 inches in size.

  04/19/1968 1215 5 150 F1 0 3 Atoka N of Farris - ~4 SE Farris

This tornado touched down just north of Farris and moved to 1 mile east of Farris where it destroyed a storage building filled with furniture, damaged 2 homes, and overturned a truck in a yard. The tornado then moved southeastward while damaging power lines and twisting off trees along its path. The last damage observed was at an oil rig north of Center Point School or about 4 miles southeast of Farris. There the oil rig, which was loaded with 1.5 million pounds of drill pipe, was bent 10 degrees off perpendicular. Three men were injured when their trailer home at the rig site was rolled 3 times and demolished against a tree.

  02/23/1985 0100 10 500 F2 0 3 Atoka Bentley- Harmony

A tornado touched down initially in the community of Bentley and then moved north-northeastward, It produced intermittent damage along a path of 10 miles before hitting the small community of Harmony. Four houses and 5 barns were completely destroyed while many other houses and barns incurred major damage. Three people had minor injuries and the total damage was estimated at $400,000.

  03/21/1991 1710-1740 19 400 F2 0 6 Atoka 5 W Caney- near Lane

This tornado touched down 5 miles west of Caney and continued to produce intermittent damage to near Lane. One home was destroyed, and two homes were damaged. Eight mobile homes were totally destroyed while six more mobile homes were overturned or damaged. One of these mobile homes contained 5 children who sustained injuries. A semitrailer driver was seriously injured when his truck was blown off the road. The tornado also struck as freight train, derailing 31 cars of which 20 were overturned. Total damage was estimated at $300,000.

  04/11/2001 0345-0410 19 500 F2 0 4 Johnston/ Atoka 6 SE Tishomingo - 7 NNW Boggy Depot (3 ENE Wapanucka)

Six tornadoes across southern Oklahoma and one tornado across western north Texas developed during the overnight hours of April 11th. The most notable tornado formed across Coal County in Oklahoma and resulted in one fatality and one injury as it destroyed a mobile home.

This tornado formed over northern portions of Lake Texoma, then tracked northeastward for 16 miles before crossing into western Atoka County. About 5 miles east of Tishomingo in Johnston County, 2 injuries, both requiring hospital care, occurred when a mobile home was lofted and deposited upside-down about 40 yards from its original location. In addition, a frame home 1 mile east of Milburn was severely damaged when the roof was completely removed. Across the remainder of the damage path in Johnston County, 3 additional mobile homes were destroyed, and 21 other structures, including 1 business and 2 churches, sustained damage. Across Atoka County, the tornado gradually weakened, affecting mostly trees, as it slowly dissipated.

  04/11/2001 0425-0440 13 200 F2 1 1 Coal/ Atoka 3 SE Coalgate - 1 NW Wardville

This tornado formed 4 miles southeast of Coalgate at 4:25 am CST and tracked northeastward for 8 miles before crossing into northwest Atoka County at 4:34 am CST. The tornado then continued for another 5 miles before dissipating at 4:40 am CST. In Coal County, 1 fatality and injuries to another person occurred when a mobile home was thrown approximately 200 yards and disintegrated, 4 miles east of Coalgate. In addition, a well-constructed frame home suffered severe roof damage and exterior wall damage in extreme eastern Coal County. In Atoka County, minor roof damage was sustained to a mobile home, and numerous trees were damaged before the tornado lifted.

  04/14/2011 1820-1850 17 1320 EF3 2 40 Atoka 3 E Boggy Depot (5 WSW Tushka) - Tushka - 3 SE Atoka - curving to ~2 E Stringtown

A large tornado began 5 miles west-southwest of Tushka and moved east-northeast through Tushka and about 3 miles southeast of Atoka before curving to the north-northeast and dissipating around 2 miles east of Stringtown. Almost 150 homes and businesses were significantly damaged or destroyed, many numerous others sustaining minor damage. Two fatalities occurred in a mobile home to the west of Tushka.

  05/25/2015 1342-1420 19 700 EF3 1 1 Bryan/ Atoka 2.5 WSW Blue - 3 E Caney

A strong tornado developed in Bryan County near the intersection of Old US Highway 70 and Pirtle Road, 2.5 miles west-southwest of Blue. The tornado moved northeast and destroyed a mobile home north of Blue where a 48-year-old woman was killed. This was one of a few mobile homes that were destroyed as the tornado moved through Bryan County (DI 3, DOD 8-9). Other homes also suffered roof damage or other damage from falling trees . From north of Blue, the tornado turned to the north and moved into Atoka County.

  04/30/2019 2007-2042 28 1400 EF3 2 16 Bryan/ Atoka 2 SSE Blue - near Bentley - near Lane

A tornado developed about 2 miles south-southeast of Blue, and quickly became a large and strong tornado. Before crossing SH-70 east of Blue, the tornado widened to 1400 yards and damaged or destroyed a number of mobile homes. One mobile home was blown about 50-75 yards east-northeast into a grove of trees. A woman in this mobile home suffered significant injuries and died in a hospital on May 2. The tornado crossed US-70 producing significant tree damage. Just north of US-70, another mobile home was destroyed and blown away with another fatality. The tornado moved northeast into a less densely populate area, although at least one other home was unroofed northeast of Blue.

About two miles south of the Atoka County line, the tornado hit an anchored mobile home that was destroyed with the debris scattered hundreds of yards to the east and southeast. The tornado continued to produce tree damage in northern Bryan County and moved into Atoka County near just west of Matoy Road.

 

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.