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Oklahoma’s 10 deadliest tornadoes

Oklahoman Published: March 7, 2009
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April and May hold the distinction of being the months with the most tornado fatalities on record in Oklahoma. Combined, they are the months with eight of the deadliest tornadoes on record, according to the National Weather Service.


Those eight storms account for 495 deaths of the 553 total in the top 10 deadliest.

Here are the deadliest on record, with the strength of the tornado as calculated on the Fujita Scale:

1. Woodward, April 9, 1947 — An F5 tornado killed an estimated 116 people.

2. Snyder, May 10, 1905 — An F5 tornado left 97 people dead.

3. Peggs, May 2, 1920 — An F4 tornado claimed 71 lives.

4. Antlers, April 12, 1945 — An F5 tornado killed 69.

5. Pryor, April 27, 1942 — An F4 tornado left 52 dead.

6. Bridge Creek-Moore-Oklahoma City, May 3, 1999 — A massive F5 tornado was responsible for 36 deaths.

7. Oklahoma City, June 12, 1942 — A tornado labeled F4 killed 35.

8. Cleveland County, April 25, 1893 — An F4 tornado took 33 lives.

9. Bethany, Nov. 19, 1930 — Another F4 tornado left 23 dead.

10. McAlester, May 8, 1882 — A tornado believed to be an F3 was responsible for 21 deaths.