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Tornado Track Map for Le FloreCounty, OK
 
Le Flore County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  05/28/1924 1930   300   4 27 Haskell/ Le Flore/ Sequoyah 3 S Stigler - near Cowlington - near Muldrow - Gans
  05/07/1926 1800 3 880   4 25 Le Flore 2.5 N Bokoshe
  04/12/1927 1520 35 300   3 15 Haskell/ Le Flore Near McCurtain - near Bokoshe - AR
  04/17/1927 2245   880   4   Le Flore Near Bokoshe
  01/18/1928 2326 0.75 33   0 0 Le Flore Near "Peno" (4 SW Fort Smith AR)
  06/01/1929 1415 16 67   0 1 Le Flore Near "Tucker" (9 NW Spiro)
  01/30/1942 1150 1 100   0 1 Le Flore Bokoshe
  02/06/1942 1700 6 100   1 5 Le Flore Hodgens
  04/11/1943 1300 1.5 300   1 10 Le Flore Poteau
  04/05/1947 0200 30 100   4 3 Le Flore "Glendale" (S of Wister) - AR
Le Flore County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 03/13/1953 2200 0.1 100 F2 0 0 Le Flore 2 W Monroe
2 03/27/1956 1920 1 500 F2 0 0 Le Flore Talihina
3 04/02/1957 2150 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Le Flore near Poteau
4 05/02/1958 1520 0.3 100 F2 0 0 Le Flore 1 SW Braden
5 06/25/1958 0830 0.5 200 F2 0 1 Le Flore near Cameron
6 05/05/1960 2130 24 10 F3 1 0 Le Flore/ Sequoyah Bokoshe - near Akins
7 05/05/1961 1720 26 400 F4 16 58 Le Flore 1 S Talihina- Reichert- Howe
8 05/06/1961 2130 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Le Flore SE of Howe
9 05/28/1962 2350 9 200 F2 0 0 Pushmataha/ Latimer/ Le Flore Albion - Just NE of Talihina
10 04/03/1964 1145 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Le Flore 1.5 SE Summerfield
11 01/26/1967 0410 0.5 500 F1 0 0 Le Flore Poteau
12 04/19/1968 1430 1 100 F2 0 1 Le Flore 2 N Howe
13 05/07/1968 2035 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Le Flore Near Monroe
14 10/08/1970 1215 0.5 33 F1 0 0 Le Flore 1 N Panama
15 12/14/1971 2130 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Le Flore Near Kerr Dam
16 07/01/1972 1110 0.1 13 F1 0 0 Le Flore Near Poteau
17 05/26/1973 2100 1.5 33 F2 0 0 Le Flore Wister
18 05/14/1974 1500 1 77 F2 0 0 Le Flore W of Hodgens
19 03/26/1976 1450 11 440 F4 1 4 Latimer/ Le Flore 2 W Talihina- NE of Talihina
20 03/26/1976 1528 12 440 F5 2 64 Le Flore 4 E Bokoshe- Spiro
21 04/07/1980 1630 0.5 127 F3 0 9 Le Flore Poteau (north side)
22 07/21/1981 1500 0.5 30 F2 0 0 Le Flore SW of Pocola
23 05/28/1982 0230 5 450 F2 0 0 Le Flore Near Octavia
24 12/23/1982 2200 0.5 50 F1 0 0 Le Flore Near Monroe
25 11/22/1983 1640 16 100 F3 0 6 Le Flore 4 SE Summerfield - Wister - Poteau
26 11/22/1983 1740 19 100 F3 0 0 Le Flore Reichert - Howe - Gilmore
27 03/21/1991 1925 2 50 F1 0 1 Le Flore 2 W Muse
28 04/25/1994 1758-1812 5 220 F2 0 0 Pushmataha/ Latimer/ Le Flore 0.5 W- 1 N Albion- Talihina- 1 E Talihina
29 04/25/1994 1840 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Le Flore Fanshawe
30 04/25/1994 1841-1845 2 30 F1 0 0 Le Flore Whitesboro- 1.5 NE Whitesboro
31 06/06/1996 2020 0.1 25 F0 0 0 Le Flore 14 SW Heavener
32 02/20/1997 1950 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Le Flore Pocola
33 05/06/1998 1938-1939 0.8 150 F1 0 2 Le Flore Calhoun
34 06/08/1998 2156 0.5 30 F0 0 0 Le Flore 2 W Shady Point
35 11/10/1998 0035-0043 5 200 F1 0 0 Le Flore OK/ Sebastian AR 2 NE Pocola OK - Fort Smith AR Airport
36 05/04/1999 1121 0.5 n/a F1 0 0 Le Flore Cowlington
37 03/26/2000 1845-1851 4 300 F2 0 0 Le Flore 1.5 NW - 2 SE Hodgen
38 04/23/2000 1425 0.2 50 F0 0 0 Le Flore near Fanshawe
39 05/20/2001 1855 0.3 25 F0 0 0 Le Flore 2 W Spiro
40 05/20/2001 1950-1952 1 200 F1 0 0 Le Flore 6 NE - 7 NE Talihina
41 05/01/2003 1833-1838 2.5 75 F0 0 0 Le Flore OK/ Scott AR 8 E Heavener OK - 3.5 SW Bates AR
42 05/04/2003 1758-1814 19 30 F0 0 0 Le Flore OK/ Scott AR 7.5 E Heavener OK - 2.2 ENE Hon AR
43 05/08/2003 0504-0512 4 100 F1 0 0 Le Flore 6 W - 2 W Summerfield
44 05/16/2003 1443-1452 3 70 F1 0 0 Haskell/ Le Flore 1 WSW Cartersville - Cartersville - 2.8 NW Bokoshe
45 03/11/2006 0012-0014 1.5 100 F1 0 0 Le Flore 1 NW - 1.5 NW Shady Point
46 04/09/2008 2107 0.1 75 EF0 0 0 Le Flore 1 E Braden
47 04/09/2009 1755-1803 8 400 EF1 0 0 Le Flore 6 WNW - 5.5 N Wister
48 04/09/2009 1826-1841 11 800 EF2 0 4 Le Flore OK/ Polk AR 5.5 SE Page OK - 2.5 NNE Mountain Fork AR
49 04/14/2011 1928-1937 5 600 EF1 0 0 Latimer/ Le Flore 4.5 WSW - 0.5 NNW Talihina
50 04/14/2011 2023-2037 7 440 EF1 0 3 Le Flore 3 SSW Wister - 3 S Poteau
51 04/14/2011 2035-2037 1.5 300 EF1 0 0 Le Flore 2 WSW - 2 NW Howe
52 04/19/2011 1707-1715 4 100 EF1 0 0 Pushmataha/ Le Flore 1.5 WSW Honobia - Honobia - 2 NE Honobia
53 04/19/2011 1745 0.1 75 EF0 0 0 Le Flore 4 SSE Page
54 04/19/2011 1748-1752 3 125 EF0 0 0 Le Flore 6 NW - 5.5 N Zafra
55 04/24/2011 1803 0.3 150 EF0 0 0 Le Flore 1.5 SE Monroe
56 05/24/2011 2114-2116 1.5 100 EF0 0 0 Le Flore 4 S - 4 SE Talihina
57 05/24/2011 2144-2202 12 1760 EF2 0 0 Le Flore 5.5 W Hodgen - 2 NE Howe
58 05/20/2013 1933-1934 0.7 260 EF0 0 0 Le Flore 2 S - 2 SSE Milton
59 05/20/2013 1944-1955 9 500 EF1 0 0 Le Flore 0.5 ENE Neff - 2 S Rock Island
60 04/27/2014 1631-1634 1.5 250 EF1 0 0 Le Flore 1.5 NNW - 2 NNE Octavia
61 10/06/2014 0001-0002 0.8 75 EF1 0 0 Le Flore 6 W - 5 WNW Spiro
62 05/25/2015 1617-1625 6 600 EF1 0 0 Le Flore 3.5 SE - 5.5 ENE Whitesboro
63 05/25/2015 1634-1649 8 250 EF1 0 0 Le Flore 2.5 NE - 9.5 NNE Fanshawe
64 05/25/2015 1648-1707 16 1700 EF2 0 0 Le Flore 3.5 ENE Wister - 2.5 NW Panama
65 05/28/2015 0858-0859 0.5 75 EF1 0 0 Le Flore 1.5 NNE - 1.5 NE Talihina
66 07/07/2015 1642-1643 0.3 75 EF1 0 0 Le Flore 9 SW - 8.8 SW Bokoshe
67 04/28/2017 2136-2151 8 750 EF2 0 0 Le Flore 3.5 SW Cameron - 5 SW Pocola
68 04/30/2019 2251-2256 4.4 1000 EF1 0 0 Le Flore 2.5 W - 2.1 ENE Summerfield
69 05/18/2019 1255-1304 5.3 450 EF1 0 0 Le Flore OK/ Sebastian AR 1 SSW Arkoma OK - 1.7 NE Fort Smith Airport
70 05/22/2020 1955-1959 1.7 75 EF? 0 0 Le Flore 2.9 E Heavener - 3.5 S Monroe
71 05/22/2020 2058-2102 0.9 100 EF1 0 0 Le Flore 1.7 SE - 1.4 ESE Talihina
72 05/22/2020 2105-2114 3 225 EF1 0 0 Le Flore 3.4 NW - 2.1 NNW Whitesboro
73 05/22/2020 2115-2122 2.7 200 EF1 0 0 Le Flore 1.5 N - 3.3 NE Whitesboro
74 11/24/2020 2150-2157 4 250 EF1 0 0 Le Flore 1.3 NW Spiro - 1.5 SE Fort Coffee
 

Significant Tornadoes in Le Flore County

  Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  06/25/1958 0830 0.5 200 F2 0 1 Le Flore near Cameron

A small tornado developed on the west side of a heavy rainfall area and moved to the northeast for 0.5 miles. Due to the heavy rainfall, the condensation funnel was obscured and not visible. One person was injured by the tornado.

  05/05/1960 2130 24 N/A F3 1 0 Le Flore/ Sequoyah Bokoshe - near Akins

 A tornado touched down at Bokoshe, OK in Le Flore County, destroying 12 homes and damaging another 50 homes in the town. Several more homes and buildings were destroyed in Tucker, OK as the tornado moved north-northeastward. The tornado continued into Sequoyah County and destroyed 2 homes near Gans, OK and 2 more homes near Akins, OK before lifting. A woman was killed in one of the homes near Akins. Many people were able to take cover and miraculously escaped injury.

  05/05/1961 1720 26 400 F4 16 58 Le Flore 1 S Talihina - Reichert - Howe

This violent and deadly tornado initiated one mile south of Talihina, OK at 5:20 pm CST and destroyed an outbuilding on a farmstead. The storm continued to the northeast, moving over Winding Stair Mountain before striking the communities of Reichert, OK and Howe, OK.  Both cities were extensively damaged with at least 70 homes demolished in the same locations that the deaths and injuries occurred.  Unfortunately, 16 fatalities were reported and 58 people were injured. A total of 12 deaths occurred in Howe while 4 were killed in Reichert. However, it is possible that the tornado may have lifted before it reached Winding Stair Mountain, and a new tornado (spawned by the same parent supercell thunderstorm) struck the communities of Reichert and Howe.

  04/19/1968 1430 1 100 F2 0 1 Le Flore 2 N Howe

A tornado touched 2 miles north of Howe and moved northeastward for 1 mile across U.S. Highway 59. The tornado heavily damaged one home (which was moved off its foundation), unroofed a service station, and damaged 2 barns were damaged. It also uprooted and damaged numerous trees. One woman injured her hand when the tornado tore away part of a storm cellar door.

  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.

  03/26/1976 1528-1545 12 440 F5 2 64 Le Flore 4 E Bokoshe - Spiro

This tornado touched down 4 miles east of Bokoshe, OK and 0.75 miles north of OK State Highway 31 in Leflore County at 3:28 pm CST. It began moving to the northeast, crossing OK State Highway 59 about 2 miles south of the intersection of OK State Highway 59 and OK State Highway 9. A local business structure and a mobile home were destroyed in this area.

The tornado then continued its northeast path and entered the southeast portion of Spiro, OK. Great destruction occurred in this area, and railroad cars, trailer homes, houses and business buildings were destroyed.

The tornado then crossed OK State Highway 9 where additional homes were either damaged or demolished.  A survey of the damage in this area indicated that the tornado reached F5 intensity after crossing OK State Highway 9 and entering the rural Murray Spur area east of Spiro. One man was killed, seven homes were destroyed, and one mobile home was demolished in the Murray Spur area.

The tornado then turned toward the east after crossing the Lock and Dam/Fort Coffey Road where 3 mobile homes were destroyed. The eastward movement continued for about 1 mile at which point the tornado crossed OK State Highway 9 for a second time. The tornado lifted about 3/10 of a mile east of the point where it had crossed OK State Highway 9 at 3:45 pm CST.

Along the total path of the tornado two people were killed and another 64 persons were injured. A total of 28 homes and 2 business buildings were destroyed. Another 63 homes and a Vo-tech training center building sustained major damage. Approximately 20 cattle and 20 horses were killed by the storm. Many cars and farm vehicles were also destroyed. An eye witness claimed that 2 separate funnels occasionally traveled in close proximity to each other along the path.

  04/07/1980 1630 0.5 127 F3 0 9 Le Flore Poteau (north side)

A tornado touched down in Poteau a carved a 6-block swath of destruction through the north side of the city, damaging homes and at least 7 businesses, and injuring 9 people. The main damage was confined to a shopping center along with some outlying smaller businesses. The shopping center manager was the person most seriously hurt and required 7 stitches for a cut received when plate glass windows shattered. Three homes suffered heavy damage and two others sustained minor damage. Numerous utility lines and poles were downed. County officials estimated that damages totaled more than $1.5 million.

  11/22/1983 1640 16 100 F3 0 6 Le Flore 4 SE Summerfield - Wister - Poteau

A tornado touched down 4 miles southeast of Summerfield and intermittently caused damage on a path through Wister and Poteau. Six people were injured at Poteau, but none seriously. Total damages were estimated at $750,000 with $500,000 of that occurring at Poteau. Quarter size hail also fell with the storm.

  03/21/1991 1925 2 50 F1 0 1 Le Flore 2 W Muse

This tornado was part of an outbreak of severe weather and 12 tornadoes in the southeastern third of Oklahoma. A tornado touched down 2 miles west of Muse and destroyed 2 homes and damaged 4 other homes. One person was injured and total damages were estimated at $150,000.

  05/06/1998 1938-1939 0.8 150 F1 0 2 Le Flore Calhoun

Numerous severe thunderstorms developed over eastern Oklahoma during the late afternoon and evening hours of May 6th. Many of these thunderstorms developed rotation with some storms ultimately producing tornadoes. The first thunderstorms of the day developed over central Oklahoma and then moved eastward toward Okfuskee County after 3:30 pm CST, traversing the counties along and just north of U.S. Interstate Highway I-40 through 6:30 pm CST before exiting into Arkansas to the east of Stilwell and Sallisaw. These thunderstorms produced large hail, numerous reports of funnel clouds, and two brief tornado touchdowns in Muskogee County. Other severe thunderstorms developed behind the first cluster, producing severe weather primarily in Creek and Okmulgee Counties from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm CST. Other severe thunderstorms developed rapidly around 5:00 pm CST along a weak cold front across the northern border counties of Oklahoma. These storms primarily produced large hail.

Further south in southeast Oklahoma, a cap of warm air in the mid-levels of the atmosphere prevented thunderstorm development until around 6:00 pm CST with the approach of an upper-level disturbance. Once thunderstorms developed in Pittsburg County, they rapidly became severe and began rotating. These storms moved east across Haskell and northern Le Flore Counties through 8:00 pm CST, producing large hail, numerous reports of funnel clouds, several brief tornado touchdowns and a tornado producing considerable damage in the small town of Calhoun in northwestern Le Flore County. At the time of the Calhoun tornado, the WSR-88D radar near Fort Smith had its first algorithm-induced tornado vortex signature (TVS).

At 7:38 pm CST, a tornado touched down in the small community of Calhoun. Six homes in Calhoun were damaged, four of which were considered destroyed. One of the six was a mobile home. Two minor injuries occurred when a home was lifted off of its concrete block foundation and destroyed. Wind speed estimates based on the damage suggests velocities were in the upper end of the F1 category, meaning the tornadic winds in Calhoun were near 110 mph.

  04/09/2009 1826-1841 11 800 EF2 0 4 Le Flore OK/ Polk AR 5.5 SE Page OK - 2.5 NNE Mountain Fork AR

Widespread severe thunderstorms occurred across eastern Oklahoma during the late afternoon and evening hours of May 9th and produced several tornadoes. A touched down 5.5 miles southeast of Page and moved to the northeast. The tornado destroyed a mobile home, injuring four occupants, two of which were severely injured. Several other mobile homes were also severely damaged and a permanent home was damaged. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted. Based on this damage, maximum winds were estimated to be between 120 and 130 mph.

The tornado moved out of Le Flore County, Oklahoma, and entered Polk County, Arkansas, just north of where OK State Highway 63 becomes AR State Highway 8 at the state line. A vacation home was destroyed and a 5th-wheel camping trailer was overturned. Hundreds of trees were knocked down in the Ouachita National Forest. Much of the track of the tornado through the forest was inaccessible by road, so aerial imagery from a flyover by the USDA Forest Service was used to determine this portion of the track.

  04/14/2011 2023-2037 7 440 EF1 0 3 Le Flore 3 SSW Wister - 3 S Poteau

Low pressure was centered over southern Kansas during the early afternoon of April 14th with a sharp dryline extending from the low-pressure system through central Oklahoma. A moist and very unstable air mass was in place across eastern Oklahoma ahead of the dryline. Severe thunderstorms developed along the dryline during the afternoon and moved into eastern Oklahoma during the early evening hours. Large hail up to grapefruit size, damaging wind gusts, and numerous tornadoes occurred as the storms moved through the region.

A tornado rolled a mobile home, injuring three people, damaged the roof of a permanent home, and snapped or uprooted numerous large trees. Maximum estimated wind in the tornado based on this damage was about 105 mph. A storm spotter witnessed this tornado.

 

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.