Path length: 25 miles
Width: 150 yards
County: Pottawatomie, Lincoln, Okfuskee
The SPC database shows two tornadoes on October 5, 1970. Both were in Oklahoma. The first was an F2 that crossed through Cleveland and Pottawatomie Counties. The second was a devastating F4. It had a skipping 25 mile path and began over Shawnee in Pottawatomie County. Per Storm Data, “it dipped near the center of town and moved toward the northeast.” 157 businesses, 564 residential homes, 12 public buildings, 10 churches and 5 schools were damaged at Shawnee. There were 80 injuries in the town and 4 fatalities. Below is a newspaper article about those who died:
Storm Data Entry
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The path in black shows the SPC and NCDC coordinates:
Segment 1: Start: 35.33 / -96.93 End: 35.47 / -96.72
Segment 2: Start: 35.47 / -96.72 End: 35.52 / -96.62
Segment 3: Start: 35.52 / -96.62 End: 35.53 / -96.57
Note: Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.
We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the October 1970 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:
- SPC/NCDC have a 150 yard width.
- Storm Data gives a range of widths from 100-200 yards.
- Grazulis has a width of 200 yards.
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