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Tornado Track Map for Payne County, OK
 
Payne County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  04/03/1892             Payne Stillwater
  04/25/1893 1530 20 400   4 25 Logan/ Payne Cimarron - Perkins
  05/12/1896 1630 15 200   0 0 Payne Near Perkins
  10/28/1896 aft       5 svrl Lincoln/ Logan/ Payne Near "Mitchell" (5 N Fallis)
  04/20/1912 1600 15 880   3 12 Payne/ Noble Near Orlando - near Perry
  04/29/1924 0400 1 100   1 3 Payne Near "Signet" (8 E Stillwater)
  06/09/1937 1830 10 440   0 3 Payne 7 N Cushing
  05/02/1942 1515 55 880   7 many Payne/ Creek/ Osage/ Tulsa 2 S Cushing - Mannford - Fisher - Sand Springs - Turley - Sperry
  03/18/1948 2310 2 200   0 1 Payne Stillwater
  05/20/1949 nt 18     0 0 Payne 8.5 S - 14 E Stillwater
Payne County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 05/07/1950 2300 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Payne unknown specific location
2 05/23/1952 0400 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Payne 4 NW Cushing
3 05/01/1954 1742 8 10 F2 0 7 Payne/ Pawnee Near Glencoe - W of Pawnee
4 06/12/1954 1550 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Payne 1.5 S - 0.25 E Stillwater
5 07/23/1954 1845 0.2 100 F2 0 1 Payne Ripley
6 05/26/1955 0400 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Payne near Cushing
7 04/08/1956 2330 7 50 F1 0 0 Payne near Yost Lake - near Glencoe
8 06/12/1957 0455 7 10 F1 0 0 Payne 4 SW Stillwater - S edge of Stillwater - 3 E Stillwater
9 04/18/1959 1635 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Payne 5 W Stillwater
10 05/02/1959 1630 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Payne 1 N Cushing
11 05/02/1959 1650 0.3 10 F1 0 0 Payne 10 NE Stillwater
12 05/21/1961 1615 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Payne S of Cushing
13 05/21/1961 1615 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Payne S of Cushing
14 05/21/1961 1615 0.1 10 F3 0 0 Payne 2 S Cushing - E edge of Cushing
15 05/21/1961 1615 0.1 10 F3 0 0 Payne Near Cushing
16 05/26/1963 0130 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Payne Cushing
17 08/09/1963 1720 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Payne Stillwater Airport
18 06/23/1969 1850 13 10 F2 0 0 Payne Near Perkins - Near Ripley
19 04/29/1970 2225 171 250 F2 0 2 Jackson/ Kiowa/ Caddo/ Grady/ Canadian/ Oklahoma/ Logan/ Payne Near Olustee - 5 S Stillwater [tornado family. Not continuous path]
20 04/30/1970 0245 0.2 50 F1 0 2 Payne 8 E Cushing
21 06/19/1972 2125 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Payne ~5 W Perkins
22 09/03/1973 1720 16 40 F1 0 0 Payne/ Lincoln 2 SE Ripley - near Carney
23 06/08/1974 1555 29 400 F4 14 150 Payne/ Creek/ Tulsa/ Osage 3 SW Drumright- Drumright- Olive- Lake Keystone- 7 WSW Sperry- W of Skiatook
24 06/13/1975 1733 5 440 F3 0 8 Payne Stillwater (Sangre Rd/Lakeview Rd - OSU - Downtown - 1 E Perkins Road/E 45th Ave)
25 07/03/1976 1410 1 33 F1 0 0 Payne 8 N Cushing
26 03/17/1977 1640 1 50 F1 0 0 Payne 2 WSW Perkins
27 03/17/1977 1651 5 50 F1 0 0 Payne 9 S Stillwater - 4 W Ripley
28 05/02/1979 1913 0.3 13 F1 0 0 Payne 3 NNW Perkins
29 04/26/1984 1753 39 10 F0 0 1 Logan/ Payne 10 SW Guthrie- Guthrie- 4 E Stillwater
30 04/26/1984 1805 30 10 F1 0 0 Logan/ Payne S of Guthrie- 6 ESE Stillwater
31 04/26/1984 2120 6 70 F2 0 8 Payne 6 S- 6 SE Stillwater
32 03/03/1985 1900 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Payne 6 N Cushing
33 09/15/1987 1713 5 30 F0 0 0 Payne 2 E Perkins- 1 SE Cushing
34 03/28/1988 1715 0.2 30 F0 0 0 Payne 6 N Cushing
35 06/26/1988 1900 1 40 F1 0 0 Payne 1 NE Cushing
36 05/15/1990 1841 7 440 F3 1 12 Payne 4 W Stillwater- Stillwater- 3 ENE Stillwater
37 04/26/1991 1838-1847 7 800 F2 0 0 Payne 12 ESE Stillwater- 2 WNW Yale
38 06/19/1992 2009 0.2 30 F0 0 0 Payne 4 NE Cushing
39 05/06/1994 2050 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Payne 4 ESE Yale
40 05/06/1994 2112 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Payne 2 NNE Ripley
41 10/04/1998 1747-1756 6 100 F1 0 0 Payne/ Noble 10 W - 6 NW Stillwater
42 11/29/1998 2010-2015 2 100 F0 0 0 Payne 3.5 NNW - 4 N Cushing
43 05/03/1999 2025-2145 35 1760 F4 2 26 Logan/ Payne/ Noble 3 SW Cimarron City - Cimarron City - Mulhall - 3 ENE Perry
44 05/16/2003 1320 0.4 25 F0 0 0 Payne 3 SE Ripley
45 05/01/2008 1842 0.3 75 EF0 0 0 Payne 2 ENE Glencoe
46 02/10/2009 1539-1559 10 50 EF1 0 0 Payne 9 WSW Perkins - 4 SW Stillwater
47 05/19/2010 1703-1736 11 200 EF1 0 0 Payne 15 W - 5 WNW Stillwater
48 05/24/2011 1650-1705 10 880 EF2 0 18 Payne 8 W - 3 ESE Stillwater
49 05/30/2013 1408-1409 0.3 100 EF0 0 0 Payne 1.5 SSW Perkins
50 05/30/2013 1415-1416 0.7 100 EF0 0 0 Payne 3.5 SW - 3 SSW Ripley
51 05/30/2013 1426-1430 1.6 200 EF0 0 0 Payne 1 ESE - 2.5 E Ripley
52 05/30/2013 1437-1438 0.4 50 EF0 0 0 Payne 4 NNW Cushing
53 05/09/2016 1658-1720 6 600 EF2 0 0 Noble/ Payne/ Noble 6 SW Perry - 6 WSW Morrison
54 07/03/2016 1511 0.8 100 EF1 0 0 Payne 4 ESE Stillwater
55 05/11/2017 1413 0.1 50 EF? 0 0 Payne 1 SW Perkins
56 04/30/2019 1113-1114 0.5 20 EF1 0 0 Payne Cushing (northeast side)
57 05/18/2019 0827 0.2 25 EF0 0 0 Payne 3.5 ESE Stillwater
58 05/18/2019 0833 0.4 50 EF0 0 0 Payne 0.5 ENE Ingalls
59 07/10/2021 1825-1827 1.4 100 EF1 0 0 Payne 2 SW - 3 S Yale
 

Significant Tornadoes in Payne County

  Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  05/01/1954 1742 8 10 F2 0 7 Payne/ Pawnee Near Glencoe - W of Pawnee

A tornado touched down just east of Glencoe in Payne County at 5:42 pm CST and moved northeastward for 8 miles before lifting just west of Pawnee in Pawnee County at 5:48 pm CST. Fifteen farm homes were destroyed while 11 other farm homes were damaged, and many other outbuildings were destroyed or damaged. Seven people were injured along the tornado's path.

  07/23/1954 1845 0.2 100 F2 0 1 Payne Ripley

A tornado moved from the west near Ripley narrowly missing the town before it circled back and struck Ripley from the north. Heavy damage occurred to businesses and 5 homes, and 1 person was injured.

  04/29/1970 2225 171 250 F2 0 2 Jackson/ Kiowa/ Caddo/ Grady/ Canadian/ Oklahoma/ Logan/ Payne Near Olustee - 5 S Stillwater [tornado family. Not continuous path]

A supercell thunderstorm developed in southwestern Oklahoma during the evening of April 29th, and went on to produce a series of tornadoes from near Olustee in Jackson County to 5 miles south of Stillwater in Payne County. This event was originally thought to have been produced by a single, long-track tornado, but data analysis done by scientists at the National Severe Storm Laboratory (NSSL) and information collected from storm surveys, eyewitnesses, and media accounts indicate that multiple tornadoes were produced by a cyclic, parent supercell thunderstorm that moved northeastward at 45 mph during its lifetime.

A tornado was first reported near Olustee at approximately 10:25 pm CST on April 29th. Several sightings of tornadoes were reported along the path of the supercell, with a report of the dissipation of the last tornado occurring 5 miles south of Stillwater at 2:00 am CST on April 30th. The supercell thunderstorm was tracked on radar by the Nation Weather Service forecast office (then U.S. Weather Bureau) in Oklahoma City near the Will Rogers World Airport.

The greatest damage along the storm path was in the extreme northwest section of Oklahoma City. There, 30 homes value at $35,000 to $ 50,000 each were either destroyed of damaged.

At one point, southwest of Coyle in Logan County, a tornado picked up a mobile home and moved it 110-150 feet to the west of its original location while the storm continued on in a northeasterly direction. Two people were slightly injured in the mobile home. A pilot flew over the storm path from east of Guthrie in Logan County to south of Stillwater in Payne County, and reported seeing several intermittent damage paths within that flightline.

  04/30/1970 0245 0.2 50 F1 0 2 Payne 8 E Cushing

A small tornado touched down briefly 8 miles east of Cushing and caused considerable damage. Six homes, 1 car, and several garages were damaged. Trees were uprooted and utility lines were downed. Two people were slightly injured.

  06/08/1974 1555 29 400 F4 14 150 Payne/ Creek/ Tulsa/ Osage 3 SW Drumright - Drumright - Olive - Lake Keystone - 7 WSW Sperry - W of Skiatook

This tornado touched down 3 miles southwest of Drumright in Payne County and struck the Oak Grove Community at about 3:55 pm CST, heavily damaging the school.  The tornado moved east-northeast into Drumright a few minutes later, causing extensive damage through the northwestern portion of the community. Six people were killed in a nursing home and another 6 persons died at various locations in the city.

It continued moving northeast and struck the community of Olive, destroying parts of the school along with 2 mobile homes and several frame homes. One person was killed in Olive. The tornado then continued on a northeasterly course and damaged Pier 51 on Lake Keystone. It destroyed several mobile homes about 7 miles west-southwest of Sperry and one person was killed in this area. The tornado then turned a more north-northeasterly track and produced damage to several brick homes west of Skiatook before it dissipated.

The tornado killed a total of 14 people, including 12 in Drumright, one in the town of Olive, and one near Sperry. Approximately 150 people were injured along the path of the storm.

  06/13/1975 1733 5 440 F3 0 8 Payne Stillwater (Sangre Rd/Lakeview Rd - OSU - Downtown - 1 E Perkins Road/E 45th Ave)

A tornado touched down near the intersection Sangre Road and Lakeview Road on the northwestern Edge of Stillwater and moved southeastward through the city, causing considerable roof damage to buildings on the Oklahoma State University Campus. As the tornado moved through the downtown area of Stillwater, damaged occurred to roofs and windows of many buildings. The tornado intensified as it moved southeast of the downtown area, producing widespread damage to roofs and walls of homes in the Tuckertown section of Stillwater.

The tornado continued to intensify and completely destroyed 20 mobile homes in the Green Valley Mobile Home Park 1.5 miles east of Perkins Road on 32nd Avenue. Mobile home frames were twisted and thrown several hundred yards from their original locations. Several large appliances including refrigerators and freezers were found up to 0.5 miles away. The tornado dissipated about 1 miles east of Perkins Road on East 45th Street as it curved to the south-southwest after moving through the mobile home park. Eight people were injured. A woman suffered a broken leg while she drove her car through the OSU campus. The tornado may have had multiple vortices at some points during its lifetime.

  04/26/1984 1753 39 10 F0 0 1 Logan/ Payne 10 SW Guthrie- Guthrie- 4 E Stillwater

A tornado touched down 10 miles southwest of Guthrie in Logan County and moved northeastward across Guthrie where it damaged a lumber yard, downed trees, and toppled utility lines. The tornado continued touching down intermittently to a point 4 miles east of Stillwater in Payne County. Several mobile homes were heavily damaged along its path, and the water tower in the town of Langston was damaged. Baseball to grapefruit size hail accompanied the tornado and damages were estimated at $200,000.

  04/26/1984 2120 6 70 F2 0 8 Payne 6 S- 6 SE Stillwater

A tornado initiated 6 miles south of Stillwater and lifted 6 miles southeast of Stillwater. Six mobile homes and 2 barns were destroyed. Several mobile homes and houses were damaged, and one person was injured. Total damages were estimated at $150,000. This tornado was part of an outbreak of severe weather and 11 tornadoes that occurred in central and eastern Oklahoma during the late afternoon and evening hours of April 26th and early morning hours of April 27th.

  05/15/1990 1841 7 440 F3 1 12 Payne 4 W Stillwater - Stillwater - 3 ENE Stillwater

This destructive tornado touched down four miles west of Stillwater and moved east-northeast into northern parts of the city and caused extensive damage. Two apartment complexes were heavily damaged, nine homes were destroyed and 74 suffered extensive damage. An additional 270 homes suffered minor damage. Two businesses were destroyed and 12 others were damaged. Seven mobile homes were destroyed and another seven were damaged. A four-year-old Stillwater boy died while he and his mother attempted to drive to a friend's home for shelter. The pick-up truck in which he was a passenger was struck by flying debris from nearby homes. There were also 12 injuries resulting from the tornado. The most extensive damage occurred along and north of OK State Highway 51 and between Washington Street and Jardot Road, and total damage was estimated at $4 million.

  05/03/1999 2025-2145 39 1760 F4 2 26 Logan/ Payne/ Noble 3 SW Cimarron City - Cimarron City - Mulhall - 3 ENE Perry

This violent tornado, which killed two people, was the last of 20 tornadoes produced by one cyclic supercell thunderstorm which moved over Caddo, Canadian, Kingfisher, Logan, Payne and Noble counties during the May 3, 1999 tornado outbreak. The tornado formed about 7 miles southwest of Crescent, OK and tracked northeast for 39 miles before dissipating east of Perry, OK in Noble County. A very unusual event took place in Logan County where this tornado, and a second tornado produced by another supercell thunderstorm about 80 minutes later, affected much of the same area between Crescent and Mulhall in Logan County. Assessment of damage from the individual tornadoes was difficult, and in some areas nearly impossible, due to overlapping damage paths.

Damage from the tornado was first observed about 2 miles west of the intersection of OK State Highway 33 and OK State Highway 74 near Twin Lakes Road, where 2 homes and other businesses were damaged. The width of damage is believed to have increased to nearly 1 mile as it tracked east of Crescent where numerous homes suffered major damage. Damage to 1 brick residence 3 miles east-southeast of Crescent was rated F4. All walls were knocked down, and part of the foundation was removed.

The tornado then tracked through the small community of Abell, OK (6 miles southwest of Mulhall, OK), where 1 woman was killed in her home, and 6 people were injured, and then finally through Mulhall. Approximately 60%-70% of Mulhall's 130 homes were severely damaged or destroyed. In addition, Mulhall's primary water source, a water tower, and the Mulhall/Orlando Elementary School were destroyed.

Lesser damage continued to about ½ mile west of the Logan/Payne County border where tombstones and fences were blown over. Along U.S. Interstate Highway I-35 in northwest Payne County, a semi-truck trailer was overturned, and 2 cars were flipped. The driver of one of the cars was killed when his vehicle, parked under the U.S. Interstate Highway I-35 overpass at mile-marker 176.5, was picked up and dropped on its top.

In Noble County, the tornado produced major structural damage in the Boonsboro Addition, a mobile home park located along OK State Highway 86, 6 miles south of Perry. Approximately 20 mobile homes were destroyed, and dozens of others were damaged. Damage continued northward to a location 3 miles east of Perry, where 3 homes suffered major damage on U.S. Highway 64 and 1 critical injury was reported. In total, approximately 25 homes were destroyed in Noble County, and 50 homes were damaged. Total damage was estimated at $13.1 million.

  05/24/2011 1650-1705 10 880 EF2 0 18 Payne 8 W - 3 ESE Stillwater

A tornado outbreak occurred over parts of northern and central Oklahoma during the day on May 24th, with violent tornadoes devastating several communities. By the end of the day, one EF-5, two EF-4, and two EF-3 tornadoes destroyed buildings, ripped up trees and power poles, and unfortunately, resulted in 11 deaths. The day began with a strong upper-level trough ejecting out of the southwest United States. The trough took on a negative tilt as it approached the southern Plains. A strong jet stream was located at both the middle and upper levels rotating around the upper trough. At the surface, a low pressure strengthened rapidly over northwest Oklahoma, keeping the low-level flow of warm, moist air to flow east of a dry line that had moved into western Oklahoma. Thunderstorms developed by early afternoon over western Oklahoma, and quickly became supercellular as they moved northeast.

This tornado developed with mainly tree and power pole/line damage. The tree damage was significant, with several homes impacted as the tornado traveled northeast. Significant roof and siding damage occurred to the homes, with several barns and outbuildings sustaining significant damage or were destroyed altogether. EF-2 damage continued as the tornado moved south of Stillwater, with additional structures sustaining roof damage. A couple of the homes also had collapsed chimneys. The damage lessened in severity over the latter half of the tornado path, with mostly tree damage and minor structural damage. Monetary damage estimates were not available.

 

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.