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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
63 11/04/2022 1646-1649 2.9 700 EF2 1 1 McCurtain 2 ESE Pickens - 3 NW Battiest
64 11/04/2022 1654-1707 10.2 1600 EF1 0 0 McCurtain/Le Flore 4 S - 8 NE Honobia
65 11/04/2022 1713-1821 61 1056 EF4 0 13 Red River TX/ McCurtain 3 NW Bogata TX - Idabel OK - 7 NNE Eagleton
66 03/02/2023 2105-2111 5 390 EF1 0 0 McCurtain 4 W - 3 N Broken Bow
 

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 2000 1 200 F2 0 1 McCurtain Near Idabel

This tornado was the first in a series of 3 tornadoes that struck McCurtain County on April 23rd. The tornado touched down in the Idabel area and moved east-northeastward along a 1-mile, 200-yard-wide path. One home in Idabel was demolished and at least 10 others were damaged. A hay barn was destroyed, and concrete block garages were unroofed and had their walls toppled. One person was injured, and damages were estimated at $100,000.

  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, OK, killing one person and injuring fourteen. Three homes were destroyed and 6 others damaged.

  10/22/1972 0224 1.5 33 F3 0 1 McCurtain N part of Idabel

Two tornadoes hit the city of Idabel during the early morning hours of October 22nd. The path of the first tornado was about 1.5 miles long and 1 block wide. This tornado moved east-northeast across the northern half of Idabel in a hit-and-skip pattern, and the largest part of the damage in Idabel was caused by this tornado. Three businesses, two mobile homes, 3 other home homes were totally destroyed, and scores of homes, businesses, and other buildings including school buildings were heavily damaged. Utilities were knocked out and trees were broken off. Two police officers, who first sighted the tornado, said their police car was lifted slightly off the ground by the tornadic winds. Straight-line wind damage also occurred to the south of the two tornadoes.

  10/22/1972 0224 0.5 10 F2 0 1 McCurtain SE part of Idabel

This tornado was the second of two tornadoes that hit the city of Idabel simultaneously on October 22nd. The damage path of this tornado was 0.5 miles long by about a block wide, crossed the southeastern edge of Idabel, and caused less damage than the first tornado. One boy was injured by flying glass when the tornado hit the mobile home just south of Idabel.

  05/01/1974 2100 5 100 F1 0 1 McCurtain NE of Idabel

A tornado touched down just to the northeast of Idabel and moved to the northeast along a 5-mile path. A garage was tossed on top of a car just northeast of Idabel. The tornado damaged a mobile home, a house on the Little River, and a boathouse. A woman living in the house was slightly injured. Damages were estimated at $12,000 for the mobile home, and $6,000 for the home on the Little River, which was located 5 miles northeast of Idabel.

  02/23/1977 0420 3 77 F2 0 4 McCurtain 10 E- 13 ENE Isabel

A tornado touched down about 10 miles east of Idabel near the rural community of Redland and moved northeastward. The most severe damaged followed a line beginning at a point near OK State Highway 3, southwest of Redland. Two mobile homes were destroyed, and all 4 injuries occurred in the mobile homes. One of the people injured required hospitalization. Five homes received damaging ranging from 20 to 50 percent of their value. One barn was destroyed and another was damaged. Three cars and one pickup truck were damaged, and tree 18 to 20 inches in diameter were uprooted.

  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]

A tornado touched down near Eagleton and moved northeastward into Sevier County in Arkansas. While in McCurtain County, the tornado destroyed 2 large chicken houses and then demolished a mobile home 3 miles to the northeast. A woman and her children were injured in the mobile home, which was not secured to the ground. A loud roar was hurt with the tornado.

The tornado moved northeastward into Sevier County and Arkansas west of DeQueen Lake at 11:31 am CST. The hardest hit areas in Arkansas were at Grannis and Wickes. At Grannis the storm destroyed 6 houses, 19 mobile homes, and an elementary school. The tornado also damaged 12 homes and a large poultry processing plant. In Wickes the storm destroyed 2 houses, 1 mobile home, and several chicken houses. It also heavily damaged 4 homes. The 17 injuries occurred at Grannis. Total damages were estimated at almost $1.75 million.

  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, OK in Choctaw County and moved east-southeastward near Messer, OK and across the Hugo Reservoir. It then moved nearly due east to just north of Valliant, OK, to just south of Wright City, OK and  through the town of Golden, OK. It continued through the south tip of Broken Bow, OK before eventually dissipating 4 miles southeast of Eagletown, OK 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.

  12/23/1982 2345 3 100 F2 0 1 McCurtain Near Wright City

A tornado damaged a school, a park, a couple of businesses, and about 30 houses near Wright City. One man in a mobile home sustained injuries. Damages were estimated near $300,000.

  11/18/1985 1700 3 100 F1 0 4 McCurtain near Pickens

A tornado struck near Pickens in McCurtain County, destroying a mobile home and several outbuildings. Several houses and a church were damaged, and 3 women inside the church were injured. A car was blown off a road, causing another injury to the occupant. A lot of timber was destroyed, and damages were estimated at $200,000.

  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]

Supercell thunderstorms developed in unstable airmass ahead of strong, upper low over central plains states. This tornado caused numerous trees to be blown over or broken. Nine mobile homes and 1 frame home were destroyed, and 7 people were injured. This tornado moved into McCurtain County where numerous trees were blown over or snapped. An entire pecan orchard was laid to waste.

  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

This tornado moved east-southeastward and numerous trees were toppled and broken along its path. Tornado was described as rope like by chasers in the area during most of its life cycle. A house on the south side of Oak Hill was split in half from a fallen tree. The tornado moved through downtown Broken Bow and through a Walmart store. The tornado was only F0 intensity as it moved through Broken Bow and F2 near Oak Hill. Two people were injured.

  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]

A strong, upper-level storm system along with a surface dry line/front over northeast Texas moved east during the evening hours of April 9th into the early morning hours of April 10th causing long-lived supercell thunderstorms. These thunderstorms caused long-track tornadoes to occur across southeastern Oklahoma, southwestern Arkansas, northeastern Texas, and northern Louisiana.

The tornado first touched down in extreme east-central McCurtain County just one quarter of a mile from the McCurtain County/Sevier County line. Several trees were downed on the McCurtain County side of the state line with a few power lines downed as well.

After crossing into Sevier County from Oklahoma, the tornado destroyed at least 10 to 12 mobile homes along U.S. Highway 71 just north of De Queen, AR. Numerous trees and power lines were also uprooted or snapped. There were 7 reported injuries, all in the mobile home park north of Dequeen, Arkansas, but none were life threatening.

This tornado continued into Howard County from Sevier County, Arkansas. The Dierks Lake area received significant damage near the Sevier, Howard County line. The Army Corps of Engineers office had significant roof damage to their office building with roofing material found in the trees adjacent to the building. The tornado was strongest in Howard County where the entire second story of a reinforced concrete building was decimated and strewn across the road. This was consistent with EF3 tornado damage with wind speeds of 140 mph. The tornado then moved into Pike County, Arkansas about 3.5 miles southwest of New Hope, Arkansas.

This tornado moved out of Howard County, and entered Pike County southwest of New Hope. Hundreds of trees were knocked down or snapped off in the forest, primarily on private timber company land.

  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]

A broad upper trough ejected out of the Great Basin and moved into the central Plains. Broad southwest flow aloft developed across the southern Plains into the lower Mississippi Valley. A disturbance rotated around the trough and provided the lift needed for scattered thunderstorms across the middle Red River Valley. Instability was extreme across the region and low-level shear values were supportive of rotating thunderstorms during the early afternoon hours.

A supercell thunderstorm moved through McCurtain county on the afternoon of May 30th. The storm produced an EF1 tornado about 6 miles southeast of Watson, Oklahoma. The tornado mainly uprooted and snapped trees. A tree fell on a home in this rural community, causing damage to the roof. The tornado then crossed over the state line into Arkansas about 3 miles southwest of Cove, Arkansas.

This tornado exited McCurtain County, Oklahoma, 1.4 miles southeast of Plunkettville and entered Polk County, Arkansas, 3 miles southwest of Cove. In Arkansas, several mobile homes were damaged, including one that was crushed by a large tree and another that rolled over onto two vehicles. Trees were blown down onto a house, and a barn was destroyed. Several houses suffered roof damage. Numerous large trees, power lines, and power poles were blown down. Two cars were crushed by falling trees. Five people were injured.

  12/12/2015 1917-1937 7 600 EF2 0 3 McCurtain 3 W Valliant - 4 ESE Rufe

A strong, upper-level trough moved into the central and southern Plains during the morning and afternoon hours of December 12th. This trough ejected into the plains with a slight negative tilt, which was indicative of strong jet dynamics in association with this trough. Likewise, low-level and deep-level shear was quite strong with this trough across southeastern Oklahoma during the late afternoon and evening hours of December 12th as well as the morning hours of December 13th. While instability was very weak, the strong shear made up for the development of strong to severe thunderstorms, some of which produced tornadoes across Southeast Oklahoma. Training of storm echoes also occurred which resulted in widespread flash flooding across the region as well.

An NWS Storm Survey team determined that the damage west of Valliant, Oklahoma was consistent with that of tornado damage. The tornado first touched down near U.S. Highway 70 and traveled in a northeast direction before lifting near Tommy Taylor Road or just south of Pine Creek Reservoir. Numerous trees were uprooted and/or snapped along the damage path. Sixteen homes suffered significant damage and 4 mobile homes were completely destroyed. Two persons were injured when their mobile home was destroyed. Another person was injured when their mobile home was rolled by the tornado.

  11/04/2022 1646-1649 2.9 700 EF2 1 1 McCurtain 2 ESE Pickens - 3 NW Battiest

A strong upper level trough progressed through the Rockies and into the Central and Southern Plains during the day on November 4, 2022, enhancing strong surface low development over the Upper Red River Valley into Oklahoma. This produced a strong pressure gradient over the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley, allowing for very rich Gulf moisture to surge north across the Ark-La-Tex area into Eastern Oklahoma and much of Arkansas. This generated moderate instability across these areas during the afternoon, as temperatures rose into the lower to mid 80s. Very strong wind shear was also in place over these areas, with the upper trough reinforcing a cold front southeast into Southeast Oklahoma, Western Arkansas, and East Texas. This trough enhanced large scale forcing along the front, with discrete supercell development also occurring ahead of the main line of storms over portions of East Texas, Southeast Oklahoma, and Southwest Arkansas. Multiple tornadoes, some strong, touched down across these areas, with additional instances of damaging winds also reported before the line of storms overtook these discrete supercells and shifted east across the remainder of East Texas, Southwest Arkansas, and into North Louisiana during the evening and overnight hours.

 

An EF-2 tornado with estimated maximum winds near 125 mph touched down in extreme northwestwern McCurtain County near the Pickens community. The tornado touched down off of Pickens Road where it completed destroyed a chicken house, removed large sections of a roof of a home, and snapped multiple hardwood trees. The tornado then impacted a double-wide mobile home that was tied down with straps, which were snapped or footings pulled out of the ground. The mobile home was vaulted to the northwest and led to a fatality of a 90 year old male inside. A vehicle was also tossed and rolled at this location as well. The tornado continued moving northeast and uprooted multiple hardwood and softwood trees as it crossed Mount Zion Church Road, Glover Road, and Cedarwood Lane, before lifting near Coleman Road.

  11/04/2022 1713-1821 61 1056 EF4 0 13 [6 injuries in OK] Red River TX/ McCurtain 3 NW Bogata TX - Idabel OK - 7 NNE Eagleton

An EF-4 tornado initially touched down near the Fulbright community southwest of Clarksville. An aerial survey confirmed that the tornado damage was to tin metal roof panels that were peeled off of a plant on CR-1200. As the tornado continued northeast, near FM-411, a single family home had all of its walls removed with only the interior room left standing where a family of three sheltered where winds were estimated at 150 mph. After it crossed FM-411, it hit another single family home and collapsed all the walls, injuring a woman who left her vehicle to take shelter inside the home. The tornado continued on to CR-1275 where debarking of a few trees was first observed in addition to thousands of trees that were snapped and uprooted throughout the path of the tornado. It then crossed US-82, CR-2123, CR-2124, and FM-2283. At FM-2283, it destroyed a single family home along with several outbuildings.

This area could not be surveyed at this location as debris removal had already begun. The tornado then continued to move along CR-2125 and CR-2030 before taking a more eastward jog across SH-37. At this point, it is estimated that it was about a third of a mile wide and it began to widen further as it demonstrated more widespread tree snaps and isolated debarking throughout the remainder of Red River County. After crossing SH-37, the tornado wiped a single family home off of its foundation north of Clarksville with large portions of the walls and roof carried several hundred yards northeast of the home. This damage was surrounded by widespread tree snaps with isolated debarking. This location was reviewed by a regional Quick Response Team (QRT) that determined the damage at this location was EF-4 with maximum winds of 170 mph. This was based on the construction of the home, the debris field spread 50-200 yards downstream from the home in small pieces, and the slab of the home being wiped clean. Ten people on the property of the home took shelter in an oil drain of a metal outbuilding that was completely destroyed with no injuries.

The damage swath widened to approximately 0.6 miles northeast of Clarksville as it approached Acworth and continued to cross the Red River. Before it crossed the Red River, it collapsed all the walls on a single family home and completely destroyed Mount Olive Church. It then lifted a double-wide manufactured home off the ground near FM-1159 and threw it 50 yards with three dogs inside that all survived. The tornado then crossed the Red River into south-central McCurtain County, Oklahoma.

This tornado had weakened upon entering southern McCurtain County Oklahoma, producing EF-2 damage in rural areas southwest of Idabel, ripping the roofs off of several single family homes. Shortly before entering Idabel, the outer edge of this tornado hit the Oklahoma Mesonet observing platform located about 5 miles to the southwest off of Ravens Nest Road. An anemometer located 10 meters above the platform measured a wind gust of 108 mph, with a nearby single family home sustaining roof damage where EF-2 winds estimated near 125 mph removed a large section of the roof structure with a wall collapsing on another single family home off of Osprey Road.

The tornado continued on to snap several hundred trees before hitting a single family home off of Boss Road which had a wall collapse and partial roof damage that could not be rated due to trees falling into the home. More EF-2 damage was observed as the tornado approached Highway 259 when the tornado removed the roof and much of the second story off of a single family home. The two people in the home took shelter on the first floor under the stairs, preventing injury as winds estimated at 125 mph damaged the home. As the tornado moved northeast across Stone Haven Road, a Davis weather station recorded a gust of approximately 130 mph.

Upon entering Idabel, the tornado damaged additional roofs of homes in several neighborhoods on the southeast side of town. One of the most hard hit subdivisions was Country Club Estates. None of the homes in the Country Club Estates were rated due to tree damage which resulted in much of the structural damage from trees falling into homes. Nearby at the Idabel Country Club, nearly every tree sustained damage on approximately six holes, with mostly snaps observed. There was also some debarking of trees in this area, where an EF-3 swath of damage had begun. Behind the golf course, a single family home was destroyed with most of its walls collapsed except for a small interior room.

The tornado continued to move northeast, hitting the Kiamichi Family Medical Center where EF-2 damage (near 115 mph) was estimated due to the facade components that were torn from the structure. As the tornado approached Highway 259 and East Washington Street, it damaged the sign of a McDonald's and a swath of EF-3 winds completely destroyed the Donut Crossing and Express Tire stores. A sign from the Donut Crossing store was lofted by the tornado and carried 14.3 miles where it was found on the west side of Eagletown. After crossing East Washington Street, the tornado completely destroyed the Trinity Baptist Church. Winds at this location were estimated to be near 155 mph with the total destruction of the metal building system which was surrounded by a brick wall that collapsed with concrete anchors pulled up from the ground. The tornado moved on to produce narrow EF-2 damage in the more broader EF-1 damage swath with small vorticies likely extending down to the ground from the elevated large funnel cloud at this point.

After moving northeast of Idabel, the tornado crossed mainly rural areas and completely destroyed chicken houses while snapping hardwood and softwood trees for approximately the next ten miles. An areal survey indicates that the tornado briefly lifted near the Little River and then touched down again in a forested area before damaging a metal structure atop a chicken plant off of Craig Road. A survey team from the National Weather Service Little Rock office found EF-2 damage with 135 mph winds between Eagletown and Broken Bow just south of Highway 70, where numerous trees and several wooden utility poles were snapped near the base near the Tyson Craig Feed Mill, a large elevator structure on top of a silo collapsed with a portion of a metal roof and walls ripped off of an adjacent metal building, and a doublewide manufactured home at the eastern end of Box Turtle Road was thrown off of its concrete pad, nearly pulling out an underground shelter, rolling over it, and landing about 30 feet to the north. Over half of the house was stripped of the undercarriage. Only about one-third of the walls/roof were left with the remainder of the structure removed and scattered well to the north.

As the tornado crossed Highway 70 just west of Eagletown, many additional pines and hardwoods were snapped and uprooted. Nearly all utility poles within the path were also snapped or pushed over. The tornado then moved into a heavily forested area north of Eagletown with more specific damage noted from Old Winship Road to Pero Creek through the use of high-resolution satellite imagery before the tornado finally lifted a few miles before reaching the border with Northwestern Sevier County in southwestern Arkansas.

Remarkedly, only 6 injuries and no fatalities were reported from this long track tornado throughout southern and eastern McCurtain County, Oklahoma. In total, 220 homes were estimated to had been affected by this tornado, with 10-20 businesses damaged or destroyed. Of the total homes affected, 65 of them were destroyed.

 

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.