SPC Stats

Path length: 8.4 miles

Width:  530 yards

Fatalities:  3

Injuries:  2

Rating:  F3

County:  Carter

14 tornadoes moved through parts of TX, OK and MO on October 30, 1979. We look at the Oklahoma tornado in this summary.  It was given a rating of F3 and moved about 8 1/2 miles through parts of Carter County.  The tornado developed near Newport and ended NNE of Woodford.  Two mobile homes were completely destroyed near Newport.  Mrs. Teresa A. Carroll was killed instantly.  Her daughter Sadie died a few days later at the hospital.  Mr. Jimmie Lee Bob who was pouring concrete just outside the Carroll trailer was killed by flying debris.  

Per Storm Data, the tornado traveled at tree top level for most of its path. There was damage to a brick home about a mile north of the destroyed mobile homes in Newport.  Near Woodford, another mobile home and a few barns were damaged or destroyed.  Storm data states that some of this damage was from straight line winds.

Storm Data Entry

Tornado first touched down about 1.1 mile south and 1.2 miles west of Newport.  Two mobile homes were completely demolished.  One woman was killed outright and a second died several days later.  A third fatality occurred at this location when debris hit a man who was pouring concrete near the mobile homes.  The tornado moved almost due north for about 6 1/4 miles before turning slightly to the north northeast.  It dissipated north northeast of Woodford.  The tornado apparently traveled at tree top level during much of its path.  Extensive damage occurred to a brick home about a mile north of the two mobile homes.  A third mobile home and several barns were damaged or destroyed to the south southwest of Woodford.  Some of this damage occurred from straight winds.  Although heavy rain fell after the tornado, it appears that the tornado probably occurred outside or just adjacent to the precipitation area.

Tornado Path

SPC coordinates:  Start: 34.23  /  -97.27      End: 34.35 / -97.23

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Newspaper Clippings

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the October 1979 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have an 8.4 mile path length.
  • Grazulis and Storm Data have a length at 8.5 miles.

Width:

  • SPC/NCDC have a width of 530 yards.
  • Grazulis has a width of 528 yards.
  • Grazulis lists a 500 yard width.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      November 1979 Storm Data Publication

      Find A Grave – Sadie Catherine Carroll Bearden

      newspapers.com

      Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1217.

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