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Tornado Track Map for Beckham County, OK
 
Beckham County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  03/17/1905 1600 5 880     16 Beckham Near "Poarch" (3 E Carter; Was in and listed as Roger Mills county... but area is now part of Beckham county)
  05/06/1930 2240 10 300   0 3 Beckham Near Delhi
  10/14/1933 2130 1 100   3 1 Beckham 8 SE Sayre
  04/18/1941 2300 2 440   0 0 Beckham 6 NE - 4 E Sayre
  01/26/1944 1835   660   0 3 Beckham Near Elk City
  03/18/1948 2000 15 n   0 3 Beckham Delhi... Sayre and Carter
  10/09/1949 2315 16 440   0 0 Beckham/ Washita Elk City - near Canute - near Foss
Beckham County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 05/04/1950 2130 6 293 F2 0 0 Beckham 3 NW - 6 N Carter
2 05/16/1951 1000 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Beckham near Erick
3 05/19/1951 1915 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Beckham near Mayfield
4 05/19/1951 2012 0.1 220 F0 0 0 Beckham SW of Berlin
5 04/08/1952 1645 46 100 F0 0 0 Beckham/ Roger Mills/ Dewey 3 SW Sayre - near Leedey [not continuous]
6 04/20/1952 1530 0.1 20 F1 0 0 Harmon/ Beckham/ Roger Mills/ Dewey 2 S Vinson; 4 E Erick; near Sayre; 10 NWW Leedey - near Vici [not continuous]
7 07/07/1953 1700 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Beckham Near Mayfield
8 05/25/1955 1805 4 300 F0 0 0 Beckham near Mayfield
9 06/02/1955 1500 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Beckham E of Erick
10 06/08/1955 1130 1 500 F1 0 0 Beckham 2.5 SE Sayre
11 05/04/1959 1930 10 200 F2 0 1 Beckham 1.5 SW Carter - Carter - 8 NE Carter
12 06/02/1961 1825 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Beckham 4 W Elk City
13 04/26/1962 1830 4 300 F3 0 0 Beckham 1.5 N- 6 NE Sayre
14 06/04/1964 1630 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Beckham 8 SE Erick
15 06/01/1965 1815 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Beckham Just SE of Erick
16 05/05/1967 0900 0.3 200 F1 0 0 Beckham 4 SSE Erick
17 04/02/1968 2100 1.4 10 F2 0 0 Beckham Sayre
18 05/02/1969 2052 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Beckham 10 S Sweetwater
19 05/15/1969 0001 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Beckham NW of Erick
20 05/22/1972 1900 0.1 30 F1 0 0 Beckham S of Erick
21 06/24/1972 0200 0.1 20 F1 0 0 Beckham 7 NNE Sayre
22 10/10/1973 0730 36 10 F1 0 0 Beckham/ Roger Mills 5 W Sayre - near Angora
23 03/27/1975 0230 20 150 F1 0 0 Beckham/ Washita/ Custer 10 SW- 10 NE Elk City
24 05/21/1975 1843 0.5 50 F1 0 0 Beckham 5 SW Erick
25 05/16/1977 1700 7 800 F3 0 0 Beckham Near Sweetwater
26 05/16/1977 1724 18 1320 F3 0 0 Beckham/ Roger Mills Near Mayfield - Cheyenne Airport [not continuous]
27 04/24/1980 1900 0.3 50 F1 0 1 Beckham N part of Elk City
28 05/11/1982 1918 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Beckham 7 SE Sayre
29 05/16/1982 0645 0.5 50 F2 0 0 Beckham Near Elk City
30 04/22/1983 1515 0.1 50 F1 0 0 Beckham 2 E Sayre
31 06/10/1983 1820 28 40 F1 0 0 Beckham/ Custer 7 NW Elk City - near Clinton [probably not continuous]
32 06/13/1983 1556 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Beckham 1.5 N Elk City
33 04/29/1984 0740 12 100 F1 0 0 Beckham 12 SW- 4 SE Elk City
34 03/17/1986 1755 34 100 F1 0 0 Greer/ Beckham/ Washita 2 W Plainview- S of Delhi- 5 S Carter- N of Retrop- 2 N Canute
35 11/15/1988 0840 0.1 23 F0 0 0 Beckham Erick
36 03/27/1989 1412 0.2 10 F0 0 0 Beckham 7 S Elk City
37 04/25/1989 1931 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Beckham 6 SW Erick
38 06/06/1989 2056 3 30 F0 0 0 Beckham 3 NE Elk City
39 06/12/1989 1357 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Beckham 8 S Elk City
40 05/15/1991 2030 0.3 50 F0 0 0 Beckham 1 SE Sayre
41 05/15/1991 2230 0.5 50 F0 0 0 Beckham 1 SE Sayre
42 03/29/1993 1612 0.1 23 F0 0 0 Beckham 2 W Elk City
43 04/28/1993 1740 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Beckham 3 W Retrop
44 05/07/1993 1922 0.1 13 F0 0 0 Beckham 3 NE Sayre
45 08/17/1994 1816 2 40 F1 0 0 Beckham 1.5 N- 0.5 S Carter
46 05/22/1995 2011 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Beckham Near Texola
47 04/02/1999 2013-2027 6 50 F1 0 0 Greer/ Beckham 4 NW Willow - 2 SW Carter
48 05/31/1999 1758 0.1 n/a F0 0 0 Beckham 9 S Erick
49 05/31/1999 1818-1820 0.5 50 F0 0 0 Beckham 8 SE Erick
50 10/09/2001 1339-1340 1 50 F0 0 0 Beckham 6 WNW - 6 NW Sayre
51 10/09/2001 1342 0.1 25 F0 0 0 Beckham 7.5 WNW Sayre
52 10/09/2001 1342-1352 5 200 F0 0 0 Beckham 0.5 SW New Liberty (7 NW Sayre) - 7 NNW Sayre
53 10/09/2001 1350 0.1 25 F0 0 0 Beckham 6 NNW Sayre
54 10/09/2001 1412-1418 3 50 F1 0 0 Roger Mills/ Beckham 2 SE - 3 ENE Berlin (8 WNW Elk City)
55 10/09/2001 1530-1556 12 600 F3 0 0 Beckham/ Washita/ Custer NE side of Elk City (2 NE Elk City) - 2.5 W Foss Reservoir Dam (7.5 SSW Butler)
56 04/17/2002 2115-2116 0.3 50 F1 0 0 Beckham 7 NNE Elk City
57 05/16/2002 2305-2307 0.5 100 F0 0 0 Beckham 4 N Texola
58 04/15/2003 1755-1758 1.5 200 F1 0 1 Beckham 2 SSW - 0.5 SSE Sweetwater
59 05/05/2007 1904-1926 8 150 EF3 0 1 Beckham/ Roger Mills 2.5 S Sweetwater - Sweetwater - 5 N Sweetwater
60 03/18/2012 1837-1842 1 75 EF0 0 0 Beckham 5 NNW Willow
61 05/29/2013 1821-1823 0.8 150 EF0 0 0 Beckham 12 S Erick
62 04/16/2015 1900-1915 5 150 EF0 0 0 Beckham 5.5 WNW Delhi - 7 ENE Erick
63 05/09/2015 1924-1926 2 100 EF0 0 0 Beckham/ Roger Mills 6.5 N Elk City - 1 SSW Carpenter
64 05/16/2015 1647 0.2 30 EF0 0 0 Beckham 2 NE Elk City
65 05/16/2017 1708-1711 1 20 EF? 0 0 Beckham 10 SSW Erick
66 05/16/2017 1723-1625 1.1 50 EF? 0 0 Beckham 6 S - 7 SSE Erick
67 05/16/2017 1746-1818 18 1000 EF2 1 10 Beckham/ Washita 3 NW Carter - Elk City (S side) - 3 WSW Canute
68 05/25/2018 1826 0.1 10 EF0 0 0 Beckham 5.5 ESE Sweetwater
69 05/07/2019 1912-1916 2 100 EF? 0 0 Beckham 9 S - 7 SSE Texola
70 05/07/2019 2110 0.5 30 EF? 0 0 Beckham 4 NW Carter
71 05/25/2019 1814 0.2 50 EF? 0 0 Beckham 3 SW Retrop
72 10/12/2021 1748 0.1 10 EF0 0 0 Beckham 4 NNW Retrop
 

Significant Tornadoes in Beckham County

  Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  05/04/1959 1930 10 200 F2 0 1 Beckham 1.5 SW Carter - Carter - 8 NE Carter

The tornado touched down 1.5 miles southwest of Carter and moved northeastward through the southern edge of the town before lifting 8 miles northeast of Carter. One woman was injured by flying debris.

  04/24/1980 1900 0.3 50 F1 0 1 Beckham N part of Elk City

A funnel was observed approximately 7 miles southwest of Elk City at 6:50 pm CST. It touched down briefly in the northern part of Elk City at 7:00 pm CST, where it overturned a mobile home and damaged several other mobile homes. One woman was injured by flying glass. The tornado may have been in a multiple vortex phase and a few people reported seeing several "tails". Hail to the size of golfballs was reported with the storm.

  04/15/2003 1755-1758 1.5 200 F1 0 1 Beckham 2 SSW - 0.5 SSE Sweetwater

A tornado moved from 2 miles SSW to 0.5 miles SSE of Sweetwater causing major damage to portions of the Sweetwater school. A man received minor injuries when the trailer he was in rolled before coming to rest next to a fence. Several fence posts that had been cemented into the ground at the baseball field were uprooted and a forty foot by forty foot barn was destroyed.

  05/05/2007 1904-1926 8 150 EF3 0 1 Beckham/ Roger Mills 2.5 S Sweetwater - Sweetwater - 5 N Sweetwater

An upper-level storm system moved slowly into south central Colorado during the afternoon. A dry line had become established and was located along the Oklahoma and Texas panhandle border. Also, favorable upper-level winds were rotating around the upper-level storm system, crossing the dryline over western Oklahoma. As the afternoon progressed, convergence along the dryline became maximized over this area. Thunderstorms developed during the afternoon hours and they quickly became supercells. Two of the supercells produced several tornadoes. The northern tornadic storm produced five tornadoes from southwest of Roll to just east of Arnett. The southern tornadic storm also produced five tornadoes in Oklahoma from near Sweetwater to near Sharon. Large hail was also observed. The supercells moved northeast out of Oklahoma during the late evening hours. Monetary values for the tornado damage were estimated.

This is the first tornado that occurred in Oklahoma with the southern tornadic supercell. The tornado appears to have developed 1/2 mile north of E1130 road and along Highway 30 in northern Beckham County, about 2 1/2 miles south of Sweetwater. The first evidence of a tornado was damage to an outbuilding at a gas facility on the west side of the highway along with some tree damage. The tornado moved north along and parallel to Highway 30, damaging trees, homes and some outbuildings. Damage in this area was mainly in the EF0 range.

The most significant damage occurred when the tornado struck the Sweetwater school. At this location, the tornado is estimated to have been 100-150 yards wide. The most significant damage was to a metal building that was the school's multi-purpose building, which was almost completely destroyed. The anchoring that connected the building to the foundation appeared to have failed, allowing all but the most northern section of the building to collapse. A small building that connected this building with the school's gymnasium suffered only slight damage. The gymnasium, at the northwest corner of the school, suffered substantial roof damage, which appeared to have caused the west masonry wall of the school to collapse outward.

Other damage on the school property consisted of a small storage building of similar construction as the multi-purpose building being completely destroyed, a bus barn/garage structure suffering damage when the large garage doors blew inward, and damage to trees, power lines and fences. A pickup truck, which had been parked in the school's parking lot, was rolled/tossed approximately 100 yards to the north. A horse trailer that had been near the storage building at the southwest edge of the school property was found more than one quarter mile away in a field. A man suffered minor injuries near this location.

Just north of the school, a home was damaged and an oil storage facility was also hit. An oil tank from this location was found approximately 500 yards away. Several animals were killed when a garage was destroyed. A RV was also destroyed. Numerous cars and school buses were damaged/destroyed. The damage to the multi-purpose building at the Sweetwater school is consistent with damage at the low end of the EF-3 scale. The remainder of the damage was primarily in the EF0-EF1 category. The tornado continued and crossed into Roger Mills County.

The tornado continued to produce damage as it moved north along Highway 30 into Sweetwater. The church and post office were damaged...as were several outbuildings and businesses. Damage continued for approximately 5 miles north of Sweetwater, with some substantial tree damage noted on the west side of Highway 30...and numerous power lines downed. The tornado appeared to have dissipated just south of E1040 road in southern Roger Mills County. Monetary damages were estimated.

  05/16/2017 1746-1818 18 1000 EF2 1 10 Beckham/ Washita 3 NW Carter - S side of Elk City - 3 WSW Canute

The Elk City tornado initially developed near the North Fork of the Red River about 3 miles northwest of Carter. Damage was primarily to trees and power poles for the first few miles as it moved northeast approaching State Highway 34.

One fatality occurred on State Highway 34 (Merritt Road) south of State Highway 152 when his vehicle was impacted by the tornado. According to law enforcement, the victim had been in a mobile home, then left in his vehicle to try and find more substantial shelter. He had returned to his mobile home and it's believed he was still in the vehicle when the tornado hit.

Moving northeast, permanent homes and mobile homes were damaged, and damage continued to power poles and trees. About two miles southwest of Elk City Reservoir, persistent EF-2 damage occurred as the tornado continued northeast over Elk City Reservoir and through a neighborhood on south side of Elk City just west of State Highway 6. Numerous homes were damaged and mobile homes damaged or destroyed from southwest of Elk City Reservoir through the south side of Elk City. The tornado continued moving east- northeast out of Elk City and moved into Washita County.

Damage assessments found 66 homes destroyed (62 in Elk City) and 140 homes damaged (126 in Elk City). In addition, 3 businesses were destroyed and 5 businesses were damaged by the tornado. Damage costs are a rough estimate.

 

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.