Path length: 23 miles
Width: 1500 yards
County: Cleveland, Pottawatomie
Two supercell thunderstorms produced 8 tornadoes in Central Oklahoma late afternoon and evening, May 19, 2013. The strongest was rated EF4 and moved through parts of Cleveland and Pottawatomie Counties. Numerous homes were significantly damaged (EF3) in Cleveland County. The tornado grew to 1500 yards in Pottawatomie County and a small area of EF4 damage was found. There were 2 fatalities in this county.
Details from Storm Data
A long track tornado began in Cleveland County in east Norman to the north of Lake Thunderbird along 96th Avenue to the south of Tecumseh Road. The tornado moved northeast, crossing the eastern arm of Lake Thunderbird. A number of homes were significantly damaged as the tornado moved east-northeast through neighborhoods from near Indian Hills Road and 168th Avenue SE to the Pottawatomie County line. The tornado then moved into Pottawatomie County.
The large tornado moved east-northeast into Pottawatomie County then curving northeast as it approached State Highway 102. The tornado moved through a mobile home park north of Independence Road after crossing State Highway 102. Just northeast of the mobile home park, a permanent home was destroyed with much of the debris blown well to the northeast. It continued northeast crossing Interstate 40 near the intersection of US-177, then curved north-northeast finally dissipating near Wolverine Road and Coker Road. One fatality occurred in the mobile home park, and another man was killed in his vehicle.
Images and Radar via NWS Norman
Damage photos are from the NWS survey at the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park. Most of the damage here was rated EF3/EF4.
Per NWS Norman: The above video includes footage from the three main tornadoes that occured on May 19th. The first portion of the video (0:00 to 2:33) is of the east Lake Thunderbird-Shawnee, OK Tornado. The second segment (2:33 to 3:20) is of the Carney, OK Tornado, and the final few seconds (3:20 to 3:38) is of the Edmond, OK Tornado. Video courtesy Brandon Sullivan
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