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Tornado Track Map for Choctaw County, OK
 
Choctaw County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  04/27/1912 1830   167   1 3 Choctaw N of Hugo; "Butler"
  10/08/1919 eve           Choctaw Soper and "Cody"
  10/08/1919 2008 7 300   3   Choctaw "Ervin" (7 SE Hugo) and "Huskey" (3 S Fort Towson)
  04/25/1924 1530 60 200   0 0 Choctaw/ McCurtain Near Hugo - S of Smithville
  04/18/1927 2330 20 880   11 12 Choctaw Near Sawyer and Fort Towson
  03/03/1944 1830 50 100   0 35 Choctaw Near Hugo
  03/16/1945 2345       0 0 Choctaw 2 E Hugo
  10/17/1946 1745   100   0 0 Choctaw Near Goodland (SW of Hugo)
  04/30/1949 1731 55 440   1 3 Bryan/ Choctaw Near Utica - "Nelson" (6 N Soper) (not continous)
  04/30/1949 1800 50* 1760   2 6 Choctaw/ Pushmataha SW of Boswell - near "Spencerville" (12 NE Hugo) (not continuous)
Choctaw County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 04/30/1954 0930 1 150 F3 0 12 Choctaw Hugo
2 04/02/1957 1915 17 10 F1 0 0 Choctaw near Grant - 10 NE Hugo
3 08/27/1959 0115 2 100 F1 0 0 Choctaw SW of Hugo - Hugo
4 05/04/1960 2116 31 150 F4 0 3 Choctaw/ Pushmataha Soper; near Snow [not continuous]
5 05/20/1960 0031 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Choctaw Frogville
6 03/05/1961 2115 4 50 F2 0 0 Choctaw 3 SE Boswell
7 05/05/1961 1830 0.1 10 F3 0 0 Choctaw E edge of Hugo
8 04/03/1964 2130 1.5 10 F1 0 0 Choctaw 4 N Hugo
9 03/19/1979 1705 10 30 F1 0 0 Choctaw W of Hugo - Messer
10 04/03/1981 1900 2 33 F1 0 0 Choctaw Near Boswell
11 10/13/1981 1800 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Choctaw Unger
12 04/02/1982 1510 8 100 F3 0 0 Choctaw N of Boswell - Near Soper
13 04/02/1982 1550 53 500 F5 0 29 Choctaw/ McCurtain S of Speer- near Messer- Hugo Lake- S edge of Broken Bow- 4 SE Eagleton
14 11/22/1983 1438 1 100 F2 0 0 Choctaw 3 NE Soper
15 06/05/1991 1232-1240 4 100 F0 0 0 Atoka/ Choctaw 11 SE Lane- 7 NNE Boswell
16 05/11/1999 1930 1 50 F0 0 0 Choctaw 3 N Soper
17 11/22/1999 1644 0.5 50 F0 0 0 Choctaw 2 SW Hugo
18 11/22/1999 1653 0.5 50 F0 0 0 Choctaw 4 N Hugo
19 10/17/2007 1614 0.1 50 EF0 0 0 Choctaw 3 NE Fort Towson
20 03/31/2008 1810 0.1 75 EF0 0 0 Choctaw 7 NW Sawyer
21 04/09/2008 1810 0.1 75 EF0 0 0 Choctaw 1 N Soper
22 12/12/2015 1803-1806 3 250 EF1 0 0 Choctaw 2.5 SSE - 1.5 NE Fort Towson
23 05/09/2016 1722-1742 14 3100 EF3 0 2 Bryan/ Choctaw 3.5 ESE Bennington - 6.5 ESE Boswell
24 05/09/2016 1802-1810 6 650 EF1 0 0 Choctaw 3 W Hugo - Hugo - 3 E Hugo
25 05/09/2016 1818-1830 6 150 EF? 0 0 Choctaw 6.5 NW Sawyer - 2.5 S Spencerville
26 05/09/2016 1825-1826 0.5 75 EF? 0 0 Choctaw 4.5 NNW - 4.5 N Sawyer
 

Significant Tornadoes in Choctaw County

  Date Time
(CST)
Length
of Path
(miles)
Width
of Path
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Location
  04/30/1954 0930 1 150 F3 0 12 Choctaw Hugo

A tornado swept through the city of Hugo, injuring 12 people, leveling at least 100 homes, and causing property damages estimated at $150,000. Witnesses said that the tornado came in from the southwest, made a wide curve, and left through the northeastern section of the city. One man suffered serious back and chest injuries when his house collapsed around him. There was extensive damage within a 20-block area of Hugo, and at least 50 houses had been blown off of their foundations. About 200 phones were out of service, and trees were snapped and utility lines were downed by the tornado.

  05/04/1960 2116 31 150 F4 0 3 Choctaw/ Pushmataha Soper; near Snow [not continuous]

The tornado touched down at 9:16 pm CST near and south of Soper in Choctaw County and traveled northward through the town. A block-wide path was cut out of the center of the community, and up to 100 homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged. The reported injuries resulted from flying debris, but most residents of the town had received warning information before the storm hit and sought refuge in their storm cellars. Two farms located just south and north of Soper were destroyed. One farmer had 11 head of cattle killed by the tornado. The tornado moved north and then northwest, lifting several miles north of Soper. At least one home was completely swept from its foundation.

Tornadic wind damage was reported 30 miles to the northeast near Snow, OK in Pushmataha County, where two farms were hit and outbuildings and trees were damaged. However, it is probable that another tornado was generated in Pushmataha County by the same parent supercell thunderstorm.

  04/02/1982 1550 53 500 F5 0 29 Choctaw/ McCurtain S of Speer- near Messer- Hugo Lake- S edge of Broken Bow- 4 SE Eagleton

A powerful, long, wide-tracked tornado touched down just south of Speer in Choctaw County and moved east-southeastward near Messer and across the Hugo Reservoir. It then moved nearly due east to just north of Valliant, to just south of Wright City and  through the town Golden. It continued through the south tip of Broken Bow before eventually dissipating 4 miles southeast of Eagletown in McCurtain County. The total path length for this tornado was 53 miles, and it had a maximum width of 1.5 miles near Golden. The physical state of this tornado varied as it morphed between multiple vortex and solid funnel phases during its lifetime.

In the Messer area, a new house that was destroyed even had the carpet pulled up, and all that remained on the slab were the carpet tack strips. In addition, a 2'x4' board was driven through an oak tree in the area. The Tri-Night Motel sign of Broken Bow was found 30 miles away in Arkansas.

The tornado injured 29 people, and damages to real property estimated in excess of $7 million while losses for timber and other crops was in excess of $1 million Approximately 30-40 houses and 30-40 large barns were destroyed. About 10-15 large chicken houses were also destroyed with significant losses of poultry occurring. A total of 5-10 trailer houses as well as a motel, lumber yard, church, airplane, farm equipment, vehicles, power lines, timber, etc. were also destroyed by the tornado.

This tornado was part of the April 2, 1982 tornado outbreak which produced 56 tornadoes in 11 states, killing 30 persons and injuring another 383 people. This was the only F5 Tornado that occurred in the 1980's in Oklahoma.

  05/09/2016 1722-1742 14 3100 EF3 0 2 Bryan/ Choctaw 3.5 ESE Bennington - 6.5 ESE Boswell

Severe thunderstorms developed along and ahead of a dry line across central Oklahoma during the afternoon of May 9th. The storms moved across eastern Oklahoma during the evening hours. Prior to the storms moving into the area, the atmosphere ahead of the dry line in eastern Oklahoma had become very unstable. This instability, combined with very strong wind shear associated with a strong trough of low pressure that moved into the Southern Plains from the Southern Rockies, resulted in the development of supercell thunderstorms. One of these supercells produced multiple tornadoes as it tracked along and near an outflow boundary from morning thunderstorms, which had settled across southeastern Oklahoma by the afternoon. One of the tornadoes was long-lived and damaging. In addition to the tornadoes in southeastern Oklahoma, the severe thunderstorms produced hail up to golfball size and damaging wind gusts across other portions of eastern Oklahoma.

A tornado developed southeast of Bennington, and quickly became very large as it moved east-northeast. Widespread destruction of trees was observed across eastern Bryan County. The tornado moved into Choctaw County southwest of Boswell. In Choctaw County, the tornado continued to widen as it moved northeast, producing a damage path of about 1.8 miles across, to the southwest of Boswell. The tornado made a turn to the east at the N4000 Road and maintained an eastward movement until dissipating before reaching the N4090 Road. The tornado destroyed at least three mobile homes. Two injuries occurred in one of the mobile homes, one of which was a critical injury. Numerous homes were damaged by this tornado, with the worst damage including major loss of the roof structure and collapse of a few exterior walls. Numerous outbuildings were also destroyed. A metal, high-voltage transmission tower/truss was destroyed, and numerous power poles were snapped. Many trees were snapped or uprooted in the path. Trees in several areas were reduced to shortened trunks with short stumps where large limbs previously existed. Based on this damage, maximum estimated wind in this segment of the tornado was 140 to 150 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.