In what may become known as one of the worst outbreaks of tornadoes in state history, Monday's numerous twisters built rapidly.
The first instance of severe weather came about 5 p.m., when a tornado was seen near Cyril in southeastern Caddo County. Damage and at least one injury were reported in the Stecker area in southern Caddo County.
Softball-size hail was reported five miles north of Altus at 5:13 p.m.
At 5:21 p.m., a tornado was reported west of Cyril, and at 5:28 p.m., a tornado was reported three miles northwest of Cyril.
At 5:35 p.m., a tornado was spotted three miles south of Roosevelt in Kiowa County. At 5:40 p.m., another tornado was reported two miles south of Anadarko. Also at 5:35 p.m., a tornado was reported just west of Tom Steed Lake in Kiowa County.
At 5:55 p.m., a large tornado was seen two miles north of Laverty. At 6:07 p.m., multiple tornadoes were reported near Chickasha. At 6:19 a tornado was reported on the north side of Chickasha near the airport.
The large storm system that spawned those funnels continued to move east and northeast. There was a tornado at 6:40 near Middleberg in northern Grady County. At 6:51 p.m., a tornado was reported at the access to the H.E. Bailey Turnpike on the north side of Newcastle.
At 6:57 p.m., a large tornado moved along Interstate 44 west of Newcastle toward Moore. At 7:01 p.m., a tornado was reported a mile west of Okarche and into Kingfisher County. A brief tornado touchdown was reported at 7:14 p.m. five miles north of Anadarko.
At 7:47 p.m., a multiple vortex tornado was on the ground crossing State Highway 152, 10 miles west of Minco. At 7:51 p.m., a tornado was reported over Midwest City. At 7:53 p.m., a tornado was reported seven miles west of Minco. A tornado was reported on NE 23 near Choctaw at 8:10 p.m.
At 8:15 p.m., two tornadoes were reported, one near NE 63 and Triple XXX Road in eastern Oklahoma County, the second five miles northeast of Union City in Canadian County.
At 8:29 p.m., a tornado was reported three miles west of Geary in Blaine County. There was another tornado reported at 8:34 p.m. five miles northwest of Yukon. A large, multiple vortex tornado was reported at 8:41 p.m. near Richland, about six miles north of Yukon. At 8:48 p.m., a tornado was reported southwest of Piedmont.
A tornado crossed State Highway 9 about eight miles west of Tecumseh at 8:50 p.m. At the same time, a tornado was reported by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a mile north of Piedmont.
At 8:57 p.m., a tornado was reported 10 miles southwest of Shawnee. At 9:12 p.m., a tornado was spotted near Bethel Acres in Pottawatomie County. At 9:20 p.m., a tornado was reported near Interstate 40 and U.S. 177 northwest of Shawnee. At 9:27, a tornado was reported about four miles southwest of Meeker in Lincoln County. At 9:29, a tornado was four miles southwest of Cimarron City. A quarter-mile-wide tornado was reported at 9:36, two miles southeast of Crescent. Another tornado was reported at 9:53 p.m., four miles east of Crescent. At 10:32, a tornado was indicated five miles northwest of Piedmont.
At 10:40 p.m., three tornadoes were reported in Garfield and Noble counties. At 10:45, a tornado was indicated five miles east of Perry. And at 10:44, spotters reported a tornado in Cashion. Radar indicated a tornado at 11:01 p.m. over Cimarron City.Archive ID: 761619