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Tornado Track Map for Tulsa County, OK
 
Tulsa County, OK Tornadoes Prior to 1950
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  04/25/1904   70 440   4 30 Tulsa/ Rogers/ Craig/ Mayes/ Delaware/ Ottawa Near Broken Arrow - Inola - near Ketchum - near Chouteau - near Afton - near Fairland
  05/27/1912 2030   200   4 20 Tulsa Near Skiatook
  01/04/1922 0215   440     13 Tulsa/ Ottawa Near Turley... Miami... Commerce... Picher
  05/17/1930 1440 1 n   0 0 Tulsa Unrecorded
  09/25/1930 1630 1 80   0 0 Tulsa Unrecorded
  05/13/1933 1700 14 220   5 11 Tulsa 7 SW - 8 E Tulsa
  05/04/1934 1500 4 440   3 9 Tulsa 12 SE Tulsa; Catoosa; "Alsuma" (6 SE Tulsa)
  02/26/1936 0115 5 100   0 18 Tulsa Turley
  04/19/1941 0500 13 67   0 0 Tulsa Tulsa
  05/02/1942 1515 55 880   7 many Payne/ Creek/ Osage/ Tulsa 2 S Cushing - Mannford - Fisher - Sand Springs - Turley - Sperry
  04/30/1944 1800   18   0 0 Tulsa .5 W Leonard
  11/25/1944 1613 2 200   0 5 Tulsa Collinsville
  05/24/1946 1600   500   0 0 Tulsa/ Rogers Near Collinsville
  06/21/1948 1545 10 220   0 0 Tulsa Tulsa Airport
  05/19/1949 0230   100   0   Tulsa Near Broken Arrow
Tulsa County, OK Tornadoes (1950-Present*)
# Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
1 04/03/1950 1615 1 33 F1 0 0 Tulsa Harvey Young Airport
2 08/07/1955 1500 6 400 F1 0 0 Tulsa near Tulsa
3 04/02/1956 1030 0.3 33 F1 0 0 Tulsa near Owasso
4 04/19/1957 0140 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Tulsa N edge of Tulsa
5 04/22/1957 2330 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Tulsa near Bixby
6 05/20/1957 1930 4 500 F1 0 0 Tulsa Broken Arrow
7 07/01/1957 0200 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Tulsa near Sand Springs
8 07/01/1957 0220 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Tulsa S edge of Tulsa
9 08/20/1958 1520 0.1 33 F2 0 0 Tulsa Tulsa
10 04/18/1959 1902 0.1 10 F0 0 0 Tulsa 8 S Tulsa
11 05/09/1959 1740 19 300 F2 0 0 Tulsa/ Rogers/ Nowata 5 N Collinsville - 1 E Watovia
12 04/16/1960 1640 0.1 10 F1 0 0 Tulsa Near Sperry
13 05/05/1960 1500 102 400 F3 0 0 Cleveland/ Pottawatomie/ Lincoln/ Creek/ Tulsa SW of Corbett - Tribbey- Macomb -2 W Tecumseh; near Bellmont - Depew - 4 W Sand Springs [tornado family]
14 05/19/1960 1835 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Tulsa Tulsa
15 05/19/1960 2320 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Tulsa S of Broken Arrow
16 05/19/1960 2320 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Tulsa S of Broken Arrow
17 07/21/1960 1455 0.1 10 F? 0 0 Tulsa 5 SW Tulsa
18 07/09/1964 1755 0.1 10 F2 0 0 Osage/ Tulsa 5 SW- 1 NE Skiatook
19 05/11/1966 1830 2 100 F2 0 1 Tulsa NE Tulsa
20 12/18/1968 1300 4 100 F2 0 0 Tulsa Skiatook - 3 NE Skiatook
21 05/31/1971 1615 0.1 10 F1 0 1 Tulsa North part of county
22 06/27/1972 2040 1 10 F0 0 0 Tulsa Tulsa (15th Street - Fairgrounds - 21st St/Yale)
23 05/26/1973 1500 2 33 F2 0 0 Tulsa E of Broken Arrow
24 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
25 06/08/1974 1740 5 60 F2 0 0 Tulsa ~3 W- 3 N Collinsville
26 06/08/1974 1750 64 100 F3 2 80 Tulsa/ Rogers/ Mayes/ Craig W of Tulsa - Tulsa - near Big Cabin
27 06/08/1974 1750 49 100 F3 0 42 Creek/ Tulsa/ Wagoner/ Rogers/ Mayes Sapulpa - Tulsa - ORU - near Chouteau
28 06/08/1974 1930 14 100 F2 0 0 Creek/ Tulsa near Kiefer - 6 ENE Bixby
29 12/05/1975 1645 2 100 F2 0 0 Tulsa Near Bixby
30 12/05/1975 1654 1.5 700 F3 0 38 Tulsa NE Tulsa
31 03/04/1976 1210 14 30 F1 0 0 Tulsa/ Rogers 1 N Skiatook - 5 SW Oologah
32 05/30/1976 2010 3 880 F2 0 0 Tulsa/ Wagoner Near Broken Arrow
33 03/18/1979 1310 3 33 F2 0 0 Tulsa/ Rogers Tulsa - Catoosa (southwest)
34 04/19/1981 2010 5 200 F3 0 7 Tulsa Tulsa (moved ENE from Yale and 66th St)
35 04/19/1981 2035 0.5 10 F3 0 1 Tulsa Broken Arrow
36 04/19/1981 2045 10 880 F3 5 49 Tulsa 1.5 S Glenpool - S of Bixby
37 07/20/1981 1930 0.5 10 F1 0 5 Tulsa Near Broken Arrow
38 12/24/1982 0807 3 100 F2 0 7 Tulsa Near Tulsa
39 06/27/1983 2215 5 100 F2 1 0 Tulsa/ Rogers N of Collinsville
40 10/03/1983 2125 0.1 10 F0 0 1 Tulsa Near Broken Arrow
41 04/26/1984 2255 5 880 F1 0 5 Osage/ Tulsa 3 SW- just E of Skiatook
42 04/26/1984 2328 3 500 F2 0 1 Tulsa Broken Arrow
43 06/14/1985 2255 0.2 10 F1 0 0 Tulsa N part of Owasso
44 11/13/1985 1515 0.2 100 F1 0 5 Tulsa Broken Arrow
45 04/13/1986 2320 4 300 F2 0 2 Tulsa Broken Arrow
46 09/26/1986 1618 0.1 50 F0 0 0 Tulsa near Bixby (near 181st/ S Memorial)
47 06/02/1989 1602 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Tulsa W Tulsa
48 05/15/1990 2110 0.1 20 F0 0 0 Tulsa 4 SW Bixby
49 05/16/1991 1718 0.3 30 F0 0 0 Tulsa 3 E Kiefer
50 05/16/1991 1908 0.3 30 F0 0 0 Tulsa Tulsa near 51st St/ Highway 51
51 10/24/1991 1512 0.2 40 F0 0 0 Tulsa Collinsville
52 05/11/1992 0130-0150 4 50 F0 0 0 Tulsa/ Wagoner Broken Arrow
53 07/02/1992 1720-1747 4 100 F3 0 1 Tulsa/ Rogers 2 N Collinsville- 6 SW Oologah
54 04/24/1993 1750-1803 6 250 F4 7 100 Tulsa/ Rogers E Tulsa- Catoosa- 1 N Catoosa
55 06/09/1993 1558 0.1 30 F0 0 1 Tulsa Glenpool
56 06/09/1993 1600-1606 3 50 F1 0 0 Creek/ Tulsa 4 NNE Sapulpa- 3 NNW Jenks
57 06/09/1993 1615 0.1 50 F1 0 0 Tulsa Broken Arrow
58 07/04/1995 1602 0.1 30 F0 0 0 Tulsa 5 WSW Bixby
59 06/18/1996 2310 0.1 25 F0 0 0 Tulsa 3 N Owasso (near 116th St N and Memorial)
60 05/26/1997 1815 0.1 40 F0 0 0 Tulsa 1 SE Glenpool
61 10/04/1998 2119 0.5 50 F0 0 0 Tulsa 3 NW Collinsville
62 03/08/1999 1757-1758 0.7 50 F1 0 0 Tulsa 1.5 W - 0.8 W Broken Arrow
63 05/03/1999 2308-2321 7 150 F1 0 0 Creek/ Tulsa 2 NE Sapulpa - southwest Tulsa
64 11/22/1999 1754 0.5 50 F0 0 0 Tulsa 1 E Prattville
65 11/22/1999 1825 0.5 50 F0 0 0 Tulsa 5 E Skiatook
66 02/25/2000 0737 0.2 100 F1 0 0 Tulsa Tulsa (near Pine/Garnett)
67 03/07/2000 2210 0.1 50 F0 0 0 Tulsa 1 N Sperry
68 03/26/2000 1640 0.2 50 F0 0 0 Tulsa 2 N Leonard
69 04/01/2006 2316 0.4 80 F1 0 7 Tulsa 1 SW - 0.5 SW Tulsa airport
70 05/07/2008 1828-1829 0.3 50 EF0 0 0 Tulsa 2 WNW Broken Arrow
71 05/13/2010 0343-0404 23 500 EF2 0 0 Creek/ Tulsa 1 W Sapulpa - 0.2 SSE Lynn Lane
72 05/13/2010 0345-0359 14 500 EF1 0 0 Creek/ Tulsa Kiefer - 3 SW Broken Arrow
73 04/17/2013 2250-2251 0.5 50 EF0 0 0 Tulsa 5.5 S - 5 S Glenpool
74 04/17/2013 2301-2303 1.3 250 EF0 0 0 Tulsa 3 NE - 3 NNE Bixby
75 04/17/2013 2303-2305 2 400 EF1 0 0 Tulsa 2 NE Bixby - 4 SSE Broken Arrow airpark
76 05/30/2013 1940-1954 6 450 EF2 0 0 Tulsa/ Wagoner 2 SSE Broken Arrow - 2.5 ENE Oneta
77 03/25/2015 1621-1638 11 800 EF2 1 30 Pawnee/ Osage/ Tulsa 4 SE Westport - 0.5 SW Sand Springs
78 03/25/2015 1701-1705 2 600 EF0 0 0 Tulsa 2 S - 3.5 SE Tulsa airport
79 03/30/2016 1813-1855 20 800 EF2 0 7 Osage/ Tulsa/ Rogers 10.5 S Skiatook - 2 N Verdigris
80 04/26/2016 2118-2125 4 600 EF1 0 0 Tulsa 4 SSW - 4.5 SE Downtown Tulsa
81 04/26/2016 2126-2130 3 350 EF1 0 0 Tulsa 0.5 SW - 2 ENE Bixby
82 04/26/2016 2136-2139 1 150 EF1 0 0 Tulsa/ Wagoner 4.5 SSE - 4.5 SE Broken Arrow
83 08/06/2017 0019-0025 7 550 EF2 0 30 Tulsa 4 SE Tulsa - 3 N Broken Arrow
84 08/06/2017 0027-0031 3 400 EF1 0 0 Tulsa/ Wagoner 3 N - 3 ENE Broken Arrow
85 05/18/2019 1003-1008 3.7 350 EF0 0 0 Tulsa 3.6 WSW - 1.2 NNW Bixby
86 05/20/2019 2005-2006 0.5 100 EF0 0 0 Tulsa 3 SE Tulsa International Airport
87 05/21/2019 0529-0530 0.4 75 EF0 0 0 Tulsa Tulsa (SE of Peoria Ave/Highway 75)
88 05/21/2019 0531-0535 2.3 550 EF1 0 1 Tulsa Tulsa (just S of Pine St./Rockford Ave - just N of Pine St./Oswego Ave.)
89 05/21/2019 0537-0539 0.7 75 EF1 0 0 Tulsa 6.7 N - 6.9 NNE Tulsa
90 05/21/2019 0548-0549 0.6 100 EF0 0 0 Tulsa 3.8 NNE - 4.4 NNE Owasso
91 05/22/2019 1707 0.2 75 EF0 0 0 Tulsa 3 E Sperry
92 05/25/2019 2321-2338 12.5 1400 EF1 0 0 Creek/ Tulsa 5.6 W Sapulpa - 2.4 SE Jenks
93 05/25/2019 2327-2339 12.3 2200 EF1 0 0 Creek/ Tulsa 1.3 SW Sapulpa - 3.6 SE Jenks
94 05/25/2019 2351-2354 1.8 350 EF0 0 0 Tulsa /Wagoner 1.5 NE - 2.9 NE Broken Arrow
95 12/28/2019 1530-1532 1.2 160 EF0 0 0 Tulsa/ Wagoner 3.1 SSE - 3.1 SE Broken Arrow
 

Significant Tornadoes in Tulsa County

  Date Time
(CST)
Path
Length
(miles)
Path
Width
(yards)
F-Scale Killed Injured County Path
  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.

A total of 14 people were killed, 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.

  06/08/1974 1750 64 100 F3 2 80 Tulsa/ Rogers/ Mayes/ Craig W of Tulsa - Tulsa - near Big Cabin

A violent squall line brought heavy rains and tornadoes to the Tulsa area during the late afternoon of June 8, 1974. The heavy rains and tornadoes combined to produce one of the worst natural disasters in Tulsa's history. Two deaths were attributed to one of the tornadoes and one death to flash flooding.

One of the tornadoes touched down just west of Tulsa at about 17:50 CST and moved east-northeastward across the city. Some of the worst damage occurred near the intersections of 51st and Union, 41st and Peoria, and 21st and Garnett. A 17-year-old girl living near the 21st and Garnett area was fatally injured. The Red Cross also reported that a 71-year-old man in Tulsa was also killed.

Upon leaving Tulsa, the tornado took a more northeasterly track and produced more damage near Catoosa, Claremore, and Big Cabin before it dissipated. In addition to producing 2 fatalities, the tornado also injured 80 people. The damage path was 45 miles long with a width up to 100 yards in some areas.

  06/08/1974 1750 49 100 F3 0 42 Creek/ Tulsa/ Wagoner/ Rogers/ Mayes Sapulpa - Tulsa - ORU - near Chouteau

The second tornado to strike the Tulsa area on June 8, 1974 also touched down at 17:50 CST near Sapulpa and moved into Tulsa near 91st Street and Elwood Avenue. At the Riverside Airport, the anemometer pegged 100 knots for several minutes. The tornado moved in an east-northeastward direction causing extensive damage to Oral Roberts University (ORU) and the residential additions of Walnut Creek and Southridge Estates which are adjacent to the ORU campus. Extensive damage also occurred at the Player Park housing addition north of 71st Street.

The tornado continued in the east-northeasterly direction, and caused damage at or near Broken Arrow, Inola, and Chouteau before dissipating. The damage path was 45 miles long and up to 100 yards wide. A total of 42 persons were injured by the tornado.

  04/19/1981 2045 10 880 F3 5 49 Tulsa 1.5 S Glenpool - S of Bixby

The tornado touched down 1.5 miles south of Glenpool and moved east before turning to the east-southeast and passing through the Bixby Heights area south of the town of Bixby. All 5 deaths occurred in a mobile home park in the Bixby Heights area. The majority of the injuries occurred when the tornado struck a small church while evening services were in progress, and the roof collapsed upon the attendees at the church. The church was adjacent to the mobile home park.

  06/27/1983 2215 5 100 F2 1 0 Tulsa/ Rogers N of Collinsville

A tornado touched down on the north edge of Collinsville, OK and skipped intermittently east-northeast along a 5-mile-long path. A trailer house on the northern side of Collinsville was destroyed, resulting in the death of the woman occupant. Tree damage was heavy along the tornado's path with numerous twisted trees being observed.

  04/24/1993 1750-1803 5.5 250 F4 7 100 Tulsa/ Rogers E Tulsa To 1 N Catoosa

This tornado touched down in East Tulsa near 6th Street and 135th East Avenue at 550 pm CST. The tornado moved northeast for about a mile before entering Rogers County at 553 pm CST. There, a truck stop near Interstate 44 and 161st East Avenue took a direct hit from the tornado. Numerous tractor-trailers and cars were destroyed in the vicinity of the truck stop. Six people were killed at or near the truck stop.

The tornado then continued northeast into Catoosa where several residential neighborhoods and the Colonial Port Mobile Home Park received heavy damage. The seventh and final fatality associated with this tornado occurred at the mobile home park. The tornado dissipated at 603 pm CST 1 mile west of State Highway 66 north of Catoosa. Total damage was estimated at $500, 000.

  03/25/2015 1621-1638 11.1 800 EF2 1 30 Pawnee/ Osage/ Tulsa 4 SE Westport - 0.6 SW Sand Springs

The tornado developed over Keystone Lake, west of Appalachia Bay Recreation Area. The beginning of this tornado was filmed by storm chasers. The tornado moved east-southeast across the lake waters and adjacent uninhabited land areas. Damage is strongly suspected to trees in this segment of the tornado but those suspected areas were not accessible by road.

The tornado crossed into Osage County over Keystone Lake and quickly crossed OK State Highway 412. It then moved through a wooded area that was inaccessible by road. The first damage that was accessible by the survey team was at S 209th W Avenue, where the tornado damaged a church, snapped large tree limbs, and damaged a home. It moved east- southeast toward W Archer Road snapping or uprooting trees and damaging homes.

The tornado moved into Tulsa County at W Archer Road to the east of S 209th W Avenue. The roofs of several homes were damaged and trees were uprooted as it crossed S 193rd W Avenue. The tornado moved southeast crossing OK State Highway 412, where it snapped or uprooted numerous trees and blew a tractor trailer off the road . A doughnut shop was destroyed at S 177th W Avenue, homes were damaged, and trees and poles were snapped. It crossed the Arkansas River and moved through the River Oaks Estates Mobile Home Park where it destroyed 58 mobile homes and two permanent homes. One fatality and about 30 injuries occurred in this park. The tornado crossed the Arkansas River again as it moved east-southeast toward Sand Springs, uprooting numerous trees before dissipating on the south side of Sand Springs, south of OK State Highway 412 and just west of OK State Highway 97. Based on this damage, maximum estimated wind in the tornado was 125 to 135 mph.

 

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.