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Tornado Track Map for McCurtain County, OK
 
McCurtain County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  04/25/1924 1530 60 200   0 0 Choctaw/ McCurtain Near Hugo - S of Smithville
  05/04/1934 l af 8 200   0 0 McCurtain N part of County
  11/20/1934 1800 s 430   0 3 McCurtain Cerrogordo into Arkansas
  09/27/1936 1630 1 880   0 6 McCurtain Near Golden
  03/16/1945 2345       0 0 McCurtain Near Idabel
  03/28/1945     880   0 0 McCurtain Near Pollard; Redlands; Shults
McCurtain County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 04/23/1953 2000 1 200 F2 0 1 McCurtain Near Idabel
2 04/23/1953 2010 0.1 10 F1 0 0 McCurtain 5 SSE Valliant (Mt. Zion community )
3 04/23/1953 2030 0.8 17 F2 1 14 McCurtain Eagleton (south part)
4 05/02/1954 0740 2 50 F1 0 0 McCurtain 4 S Haworth
5 02/25/1956 0001 7 400 F0 0 0 McCurtain near Wright City
6 04/02/1957 2130 11 880 F1 0 0 McCurtain 8 NE Broken Bow (near Carnasaw Tower)
7 03/04/1959 2300 0.8 50 F2 0 0 McCurtain Near Idabel
8 11/03/1959 1800 0.1 10 F1 0 0 McCurtain 5 E Idabel
9 05/20/1960 0600 0.8 100 F1 0 0 McCurtain E of Idabel
10 05/05/1961 2000 10 400 F2 0 0 McCurtain N of Bethel
11 07/23/1961 0630 1 23 F2 0 0 McCurtain 2 E Garvin
12 04/30/1962 1700 0.1 10 F2 0 0 McCurtain S of Idabel
13 04/12/1967 1745 29 77 F2 0 0 McCurtain S of Valliant - 9 N Wright City
14 04/28/1967 1605 0.1 10 F0 0 0 McCurtain 5 SW Broken Bow
15 10/06/1970 1630 0.3 100 F0 0 0 McCurtain 6 N Idabel
16 02/04/1971 1005 0.5 220 F1 0 0 McCurtain 15 E Broken Bow
17 06/01/1971 0130 0.1 70 F0 0 0 McCurtain 6 N Broken Bow
18 12/14/1971 2030 10 200 F2 0 0 McCurtain 2 S Valliant - near Wright City
19 10/22/1972 0224 1.5 33 F3 0 1 McCurtain N part of Idabel
20 10/22/1972 0224 0.5 10 F2 0 1 McCurtain SE part of Idabel
21 07/06/1973 1720 0.5 50 F1 0 0 McCurtain 7 W Idabel
22 11/24/1973 1635 12 40 F1 0 0 McCurtain Just NW of Glover - near Broken Bow Lake
23 05/01/1974 2100 5 100 F1 0 1 McCurtain NE of Idabel
24 05/14/1974 1430 1 100 F1 0 0 McCurtain near Mount Herman
25 05/14/1974 1930 1 50 F1 0 0 McCurtain SW of Idabel
26 02/23/1977 0420 3 77 F2 0 4 McCurtain 10 E- 13 ENE Isabel
27 04/11/1979 1115 42 440 F2 0 20 McCurtain OK/ Sevier AR/ Polk AR N of Eagleton - Grannis AR - Wickes AR - 11 SE Mena AR [Three injuries in Oklahoma]
28 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
29 04/02/1982 1640 52 233 F3 1 4 Red River TX/ Bowie TX/ McCurtain OK 4 NNE Clarksville TX - 5 SE Ashdown AR [Zero fatalities or injuries in Oklahoma]
30 12/23/1982 2345 3 100 F2 0 1 McCurtain Near Wright City
31 05/02/1984 1455 8 200 F1 0 0 McCurtain 4 S- 7 ESE Haworth
32 10/31/1984 2030 0.1 10 F1 0 0 McCurtain 12 N Broken Bow
33 11/18/1985 1700 3 100 F1 0 4 McCurtain near Pickens
34 11/13/1993 1548 0.2 40 F0 0 0 McCurtain 5 SSE Valliant
35 02/11/1999 1030-1032 0.9 n/a F1 0 0 McCurtain 3.2 NE - 4.1 NE Idabel
36 05/04/1999 1145-1210 15 100 F2 0 7 Red River TX/ McCurtain OK 15 N Clarksville TX - 10 NW Idabel OK [0 injuries in Oklahoma]
37 04/23/2000 1408-1435 20 50 F2 0 2 McCurtain 1.3 SE Wright City - Broken Bow - Oak Hill - 6.2 ESE Broken Bow
38 04/23/2000 1458-1543 17 70 F1 0 0 McCurtain 2.2 SE Idabel - 7.8 NE Haworth
39 05/01/2003 1830-1845 2 50 F0 0 0 McCurtain 4 NW - 2 SW Battiest
40 05/01/2003 1915-1945 13 300 F2 0 0 McCurtain 5 NW - Broken Bow - 8 SE Broken Bow
41 05/14/2003 1910-2050 79 100 F2 0 0 McCurtain OK/ Bowie TX/ Cass TX 2.9 SE Valliant OK - 2.7 E Queen City TX
42 03/31/2008 1831-1841 5 450 EF1 0 0 McCurtain 6 ENE Slim - 7 SSE Alickchi
43 04/09/2008 1926-1929 1 100 EF0 0 0 McCurtain 1 SSW - 1 SSE Pickens
44 04/09/2008 1942-1944 1 150 EF0 0 0 McCurtain 7.5 S - 7 S Mount Herman
45 05/10/2008 1805-1806 0.4 50 EF0 0 0 McCurtain 3.5 SW Smithville
46 04/09/2009 1901-1952 37 850 EF3 0 7 McCurtain OK/ Sevier AR/ Howard AR/ Pike AR 5 ESE Eagleton OK - near DeQueen AR - Dierks Lake AR - 2 S New Hope AR [EF2 and no injuries in Oklahoma]
47 04/14/2011 2133-2136 1.7 75 EF0 0 0 McCurtain 2 SW - 0.5 SSW Smithville
48 04/14/2011 2202-2205 5 75 EF0 0 0 McCurtain 6 SE Ringold - 6.5 NNW Glover
49 04/14/2011 2237-2238 1.2 75 EF0 0 0 McCurtain 4 WSW - 3 SW Hochatown
50 04/25/2011 1302-1312 9 75 EF0 0 0 McCurtain 2 ESE Holly Creek - 4.5 E Broken Bow
51 04/25/2011 1618-1621 3 50 EF0 0 0 McCurtain 1 NNW - 2.5 NE Eagleton
52 11/08/2011 1345-1402 6 50 EF1 0 0 McCurtain 4 SW - 2 ENE Valliant
53 05/30/2013 1435-1455 8 800 EF2 0 5 McCurtain OK/ Polk AR 4 SSW Plunckettville OK - 2 ENE Cove AR [EF1 and no injuries in Oklahoma]
54 06/17/2015 1325-1326 0.1 66 EF0 0 0 McCurtain 1 N Redland
55 11/05/2015 2118-2130 4 256 EF1 0 0 McCurtain 4.5 W - 1 N Bokhome
56 12/12/2015 1917-1937 7 600 EF2 0 3 McCurtain 3 W Valliant - 4 ESE Rufe
57 05/29/2019 1521-1522 1.1 75 EF0 0 0 McCurtain 3 SW - 2 SSW Millerton
58 06/19/2019 1724-1726 0.4 75 EF1 0 0 McCurtain Haworth
59 04/28/2020 2105-2110 3.2 100 EF1 0 0 McCurtain 3.5 SE Sherwood- 5 N Hochatown
60 04/28/2020 2120-2140 19 350 EF2 0 0 McCurtain OK/Sevier AR 9 E Hochatown – 1 SE Process City AR
61 05/16/2020 1335-1338 2.2 20 EF? 0 0 Little River AR/ McCurtain OK 1.5 N Lanesport AR - 5 SE Tom OK
62 05/16/2020 1620-1621 0.1 20 EF0 0 0 McCurtain 2 SE Pleasant Hill
 

Significant Tornadoes in McCurtain County

  Date Time
(CST)
Length
of Path
(miles)
Width
of Path
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Location
  04/23/1953 2030 0.8 15 F2 1 14 McCurtain Eagleton (south part)

This tornado was the third in a series of 3 tornadoes that occurred in McCurtain County on April 23rd. The twister hit the southern part of Eagletown, killing one person and injuring fourteen. Three homes were destroyed and 6 others damaged.

  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 of 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.

 

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.