Mcalester Oklahoma Events
A powerful storm system strengthened Wednesday afternoon, drawing a large moisture gap into northeast Oklahoma. Several tornadoes developed along the bow line, but the most notable tornado was in Coal County, Oklahoma, killing one person and injuring one, destroying a mobile home.
EF-4 damage was reported in several locations, including a mobile home in Coal County, Oklahoma, and several homes and businesses in Oklahoma City.
An EF-2 tornado developed southwest of Hartshorne in Pittsburg County and moved 20 miles before disintegrating east of Yanush in Latimer County. A third tornado, also an F2, was developing in the same area south of the city of Denton, Oklahoma. In eastern Oklahoma City, there was significant storm and wind damage, damaging a mobile home and several homes. Widespread hail and wind damage was also reported on the eastern side of Coal County and parts of eastern and central Oklahoma and east Texas.
Investigators determined the tornado formed around 1: 30 p.m. local time south of the Oklahoma city of Denton. The tornado then turned northeast and merged with the Yeager tornado (see separate Storm Data entry) and then with a third tornado.
The two tornadoes continued to merge and lift off 4 miles east of Yeager, then regrouped and lifted another 2 miles west of the first tornado before taking off at 8: 15 p.m. The last damage was to a barn that covers 4 acres east and north of a farmhouse and 2 acres Acres west and south of a home and another barn damaged 2.5 acres south and east of Yeagers. When the tornado moved into Latimer County, it destroyed a mobile home twice its size, severely damaged a house and barn and rolled over an F350 pickup truck. It drove parallel south on the motorway through the Tiger Mountain area and then crossed mile mark 249 before being lifted.
The location of the trading post on Texas Road spoke for itself, as it was located near the Katy Line, which roughly followed the route of the original Katy Trail and the Texas - Oklahoma State Highway.
The two cities operated as somewhat separate communities until 1864, when the United States Congress passed a law that merged them into a single community, a measure that was necessary because they were under the federal jurisdiction of the Indian Territory. This came at the expense of the fact that the majority of Tobucksy County belonged to the new line of Pittsburg County.
A second, more severe, thunderstorm formed west of Oklahoma City and moved eastward over Pittsburg, Haskell and Le Flore County. A regeneration along the storm's southwest flank caused torrential rain that dumped nearly three inches of rain. The storm slowed its movement toward Muskogee County, but a third group of severe thunderstorms developed in Creek County. It weakened and moved westward - northwest before entering Arkansas and eastward - through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.
The same parent storm that produced the tornadoes near Burney and Tiger Mountain produced a tornado that touched down near Pierce. The tornado formed in Pontotoc County, moved northeast for more than 15 miles, crossed Coal County at about 03: 49 BST and moved - again and again - into the county's northwest. A second category F2 tornado moved east to west over Wewoka and crossed Hughes County before touching down on the east side of the city of Fort Worth, Texas, at about 1: 30 p.m. EDT. It formed near the intersection of I-35 and Interstate 35 in the south - east of Oklahoma City, touched down in Pierce and then made its way back into eastern Pontine County before disintegrating. Another tornado moved northwest into Coal County and then again into Pontotsoc State Park, about a mile south of Coal, at about 03: 56 MST and tracked northeast 15 miles.
Investigators said the second tornado touched down near the intersection of I-35 and Interstate 35 in the south - east of Oklahoma City. The storm moved northeast and caused damage to a mobile home park on the east side of the city of Fort Worth, Texas, at about 1: 30 p.m. EDT. At 03: 55 MST, the tornado moved from east to west, touched down and passed a small town of about 2,000 people, overturned campers and damaged a power line on a railroad line south of the city.
The tornado developed southwest of Henryetta, moved east to northeast toward Henryettas Lake and disintegrated northeast of Dewar. At about 13: 30 MST the tornado turned north - east and south - west and moved near the lake from east to northeast. It developed in the southeast corner of the city at about 3: 45 a.m. and disintegrated about 10 minutes later east of Fort Worth, Texas. The tornado turned from west to northwest, swung from west to east, scattered northeast toward Deward, and then from north to west.