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Tornado Track Map for Latimer County, OK
 
Latimer County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  03/13/1922 1745 2 200   10 24 Latimer Near "Gowen" (Western Latimer County)
  03/28/1938 1615 1 440   0 9 Latimer Wilburton
  04/12/1945 1600 10 220   3 15 Latimer 4 N Red Oak
  05/24/1946 1800   100   0 2 Latimer 6 W Talihina
  05/23/1949 eve   n   0 0 Latimer Near Wilburton
Latimer County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 04/02/1957 2100 23 880 F2 0 2 Latimer/ Haskell Bengal - Salonia - Red Oak - McCurtain
2 05/05/1960 1910 62 200 F4 16 106 Latimer/ Haskell/ Sequoyah Wilburton- Keota- SW of Sallisaw
3 05/28/1962 2350 9 200 F2 0 0 Pushmataha/ Latimer/ Le Flore Albion - Just NE of Talihina
4 04/22/1968 1740 3 67 F1 0 1 Latimer 2 W Wilburton - Wilburton
5 05/13/1968 1635 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Latimer 5 NW Wilburton
6 12/05/1975 1840 2 350 F2 0 3 Latimer Eastern Oklahoma State College
7 03/26/1976 1450 11 440 F4 1 4 Latimer/ Le Flore 2 W Talihina- NE of Talihina
8 04/27/1984 0230 0.1 17 F1 0 0 Latimer 21 SE Wilburton
9 05/17/1986 0120 2 100 F1 0 0 Latimer near Red Oak
10 11/12/1988 0430 0.3 123 F1 0 0 Latimer 2 W Talihina
11 05/11/1992 1600 6 300 F1 0 0 Latimer 4 W- 2 E Higgins
12 05/11/1992 1620-1655 16 400 F2 0 1 Latimer 7 S Higgins- 8 SE Wilburton
13 04/25/1994 1758-1812 5 220 F2 0 0 Pushmataha/ Latimer/ Le Flore 0.5 W- 1 N Albion- Talihina- 1 E Talihina
14 04/26/1994 1502-1530 18 80 F1 0 0 Pushmataha/ Latimer 2 N Clayton - 3 NNE Albion
15 05/26/1997 2032-2040 4 50 F1 0 0 Pittsburg/ Latimer 4 S Blocker - 10 NW Wilburton
16 11/09/1998 2355 0.5 50 F0 0 0 Latimer 4 NE Red Oak
17 05/04/1999 1030-1050 14 100 F1 0 0 Latimer/ Haskell 2 S Panola - 2 S Lequire
18 05/20/2001 1837 0.3 25 F0 0 0 Latimer 7 NW Wilburton
19 05/30/2001 2030 0.2 25 F0 0 0 Latimer 1 SE Yanush
20 04/05/2005 1735-1740 1.5 75 F0 0 0 Latimer 2 W - 1 NW Red Oak
21 04/05/2005 1742-1750 2 75 F0 0 0 Latimer 3 N - 5 NE Red Oak
22 05/10/2008 1634-1644 6 100 EF0 0 0 Latimer 11 NW - 6 NW Wilburton
23 05/10/2008 1642-1715 19 580 EF2 0 4 Pittsburg/ Latimer 6 SW Hartshorne - Yanush - 1.5 E Yanush
24 04/09/2009 1718-1724 4 150 EF0 0 0 Latimer 6 S - 5.5 SE Wilburton
25 04/14/2011 1928-1937 5 600 EF1 0 0 Latimer/ Le Flore 4.5 WSW - 0.5 NNW Talihina
26 04/14/2011 2008-2022 6 500 EF0 0 0 Latimer 4 WSW - 2.5 NNE Yanush
27 05/24/2011 2050-2055 3 300 EF1 0 0 Latimer 5 N - 7 NNE Panola
28 05/10/2015 1818-1841 15 880 EF2 0 0 Latimer 3 S Veterans Colony - 3.5 SW Red Oak
29 05/10/2015 1846-1852 4 75 EF0 0 0 Latimer 1.5 NW - 4 NE Red Oak
30 05/23/2015 1944-1947 1.6 75 EF0 0 0 Latimer 7 SW - 6.5 WSW Red Oak
31 05/25/2015 1552-1612 13 1000 EF2 0 0 Pushmataha/ Latimer 6 ESE Clayton - 13.5 E Yanush
32 05/22/2020 2032-2033 0.3 50 EF? 0 0 Latimer 5.2 NNE - 5.4 NNE Degnan
 

Significant Tornadoes in Latimer County

  Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  04/02/1957 2100 23 880 F2 0 2 Latimer/ Haskell Bengal - Salonia - Red Oak - McCurtain

This tornado moved northward from near Bengal to 0.5 miles east of Red Oak in Latimer County to McCurtain in Haskell County. Many homes and outbuildings were destroyed or damaged in the Bengal, Salonia, and Red Oak communities. Two injuries resulted at McCurtain when the tornado hit the town at 9:40 pm CST, and 26 homes and at least 6 barns were destroyed or damaged. Large hail was reported along the damage path of the tornado, and hailstones up to 1.25 inches in diameter fell over two sections near Keota in Haskell County. One unusual aspect of this storm was the continuous and brilliant lightning that occurred all along the path of the tornado.

  05/05/1960 1910 62 200 F4 16 106 Latimer/ Haskell/ Sequoyah Wilburton - Keota - SW of Sallisaw

This tornado touched down at 7:10 pm CST in the Bandy Creek valley just south of Wilburton, OK, and then swept through the city of Wilburton. An area 1 to 2 blocks wide was completely destroyed in Wilburton, and the path through the city measured 3 miles in length. Thirteen people were killed and another 100 persons were injured in the city. Five people died and scores were injured in the little Calvary Baptist Church where 57 members had gathered there for a church supper honoring students from the Eastern A&M College in Wilburton.

A total of 600 buildings were damaged or destroyed. One business block was destroyed, 82 homes were destroyed, and another 156 homes were damaged. Damage in Wilburton was estimated at $1.5 million. Hail larger than hen eggs fell ahead of the tornado and produced $200,000 in damages.

At 7:15 pm CST, 6 houses were destroyed at Center Point, 3 miles north of Wilburton. The tornado then skipped northeastward and the next evidence of damage was found at Keota, OK, where 3 people were killed, 6 persons injured, and 24 homes and buildings were destroyed. Damage in the Keota totaled $250,000. Hail up to 5 inches in diameter along with rainfall totals of 5 inches caused considerable crop damage. The last evidence of tornadic damage was southwest of Sallisaw , OK where 10 houses were destroyed, but no deaths or injuries were reported. This was probably a family of tornadoes produced by one parent supercell thunderstorm instead of a single, long-track tornado.

  04/22/1968 1740 3 67 F1 0 1 Latimer 2 W Wilburton - Wilburton

A tornado first touched down 2 miles west of Wilburton and demolished a barn before heading northeastward across the edge of the city. The tornado hit near a new addition of homes on the north side of Wilburton where 10 homes were damaged, one man was injured, and 3 mobile homes were demolished. A large number of trees and power lines were downed.

  12/05/1975 1840 2 350 F2 0 3 Latimer Eastern Oklahoma State College

A tornado did extensive damage to Eastern Oklahoma State College at Wilburton. The tornado first heavily damaged 2 metal barns near the southwest corner of the campus. It then struck the campus gymnasium where 3 players inside were injured by flying gas. Two hundred people were inside the building attending a basketball game when the tornado struck. Other campus buildings were also damaged. After leaving the college, the tornado continued to the north-northeast and struck the west wing of a nursing home in Wilburton, but no one was injured. A lumber company, a church, and 3 residences were heavily damaged and 32 additional residences were damaged.

  03/26/1976 1450 11 440 F4 1 4 Latimer/ Le Flore 2 W Talihina - NE of Talihina

This tornado touched down 2 miles west of Talihina, OK in the rural community of Falfa, OK. The general movement of the tornado was from the southwest to the northeast, but oddly followed a zigzag path at times, traveling eastward and then changing directions, moving toward the southeast. Unfortunately, one man was killed and 4 people were injured with no serious injuries reported. Altogether, 12 homes and a church were completely destroyed. Eighteen homes and 3 businesses sustained moderate to severe damage. A total of 8 head of cattle were killed.

  05/11/1992 1620-1655 16 400 F2 0 1 Latimer 7 S Higgins- 8 SE Wilburton

The tornado moved from 7 miles south of Higgins to 8 miles southeast of Wilburton along a 16-mile path in Latimer County and was rated F2 in intensity. The tornado destroyed 3 mobile homes, resulting in 1 injury. Many trees were uprooted, and considerable damage was done to homes in a retirement village.

  05/10/2008 1642-1715 19 580 EF2 0 4 Pittsburg/ Latimer 6 SW Hartshorne - Yanush - 1.5 E Yanush

Elevated severe thunderstorms containing large hail developed north of a warm front that was moving slowly northward across eastern Oklahoma and west central Arkansas during the morning and early afternoon of the 10th. Another round of severe thunderstorms developed late in the afternoon as a dry line approached the area from the west. Extreme instability and strong vertical wind shear resulted in the development of long-lived supercell thunderstorms that moved across eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas during the late afternoon and evening. Several of these supercells became tornadic and a few produced long-lived damaging tornadoes.

This strong tornado developed southwest of Hartshorne in Pittsburg County and moved 19 miles before dissipating just east of Yanush in Latimer County. Four injuries resulted from that tornado and numerous homes were severely damaged or destroyed. In Pittsburg County, the tornado destroyed mobile homes, severely damaged permanent homes, snapped or uprooted numerous trees, destroyed barns and outbuildings, and blew down power poles and power lines before it continued into Latimer County.

As it moved into Latimer County, the tornado destroyed a double-wide mobile home, severely damaged another home and barn, and rolled an F350 pickup truck about 50 yards. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted as the tornado approached Yanush. In Yanush, about 50 homes were damaged, eight of those were destroyed along with one business. Numerous sheds, barns, and outbuildings were destroyed. Numerous trees and power lines were blown down. All four injuries to people occurred in Latimer County.

 

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.