Path length: 3.6 miles
Width: 500 yards
It was an F4 tornado that quickly passed through parts of Muskogee County and the town of Keefeton, OK on May 26, 1973. Eight frame homes and four mobile homes were destroyed. 100+ more suffered some sort of major to minor damage. There were 5 total fatalities. Four were killed in a pickup truck that was rolled for 1/2 mile. Approximately 75% of Keefeton was damaged or destroyed.
Storm Data Entry
A tornado touched down 1/4 miles west-southwest of downtown Keefeton moving east-northeast. It cut a swatch 1/4 to 1/3 of a mile wide along a 3 mile path. Eight homes were destroyed, 4 had major damage and 25 minor damage. Four mobile homes were destroyed and one suffered major damage. Fifteen farm buildings were destroyed. The tornado was described as brownish gray in color and as “box-like” and near total destruction occurred along its path.
Damage Photo from the Oklahoma Historical Society
We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the May 1973 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:
- Only a small difference here: SPC/NCDC has 3.6 mile path while Grazulis/Storm Data have 3 mile path.
Carter, J. Pat. [Photograph 2012.201.B1215.0535], photograph, May 26, 1973; (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc588464/: accessed May 24, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.
Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1141.
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