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At a glance: Woodward tornado, 1947

A look at facts about the 1947 tornado that struck Woodward.
Published: April 21, 2012

At a glance

1947 tornado

• Tornado hits Woodward about 8:40 p.m. April 9, 1947

• Woodward's population was 5,500

• 116 people killed (107 in Woodward) when tornadoes struck northwest Oklahoma.

• Tornado takes lives in four towns that night: Woodward; Gage; Higgins, Texas; and Glazier, Texas

• Jim Holland, Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper, reports to headquarters, “Half the town has been blown away” and all the aid possible is needed

• Property damage was estimated to have exceeded $5 million

• 100 blocks of buildings, mostly residences, are leveled in Woodward

• About 3,000 residents left homeless by destruction

Compiled by News Research Staff


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