Details emerge of several Oklahoma tornados

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 04/23/2020, 9:52 AM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
Photo Courtesy: Robert James/OK Steel and Wire in Madill (BRYAN COUNTY, Okla.) Preliminary data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was released Thursday, detailing the tornados that spun through multiple counties Wednesday night, killing two people. The first tornado report was received seven miles southwest of Pauls Valley in Garvin County at 4:17 p.m. Another was received several minutes later just northeast of Springer in Carter County. We’re told a large tornado developed northeast of Springer and moved east-northeast, likely moving into Murray County near Dougherty. The tornado lasted until approximately 4:37 p.m. A brief tornado developed about 4 miles southwest of Madill at 4:51 p.m. We’re told this tornado moved through Madill, damaging numerous homes, businesses and industrial buildings and lasted until about 5:05. Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Chad L. Weyant, 46, of Madill, was killed when the Smart Car he was driving on US 377 and SH 99C was picked up by the tornado. Weyant was ejected and found in the median. His vehicle was located in a field. Information on the second fatality has not yet been released. At 5:12 p.m., a tornado was reported near Little City in Marshall County. Reports indicated another tornado developed just south of Bromide in Johnston County at 5:26 p.m. and moved east, passing near or north of Wapanucka. At 5:32 p.m., a large tornado developed west-northwest of Armstrong and moved east passing north and northeast of Armstrong to at least 5:38 p.m. We’re told homes were damaged in the Lake Durant area. At the same time, a tornado developed near the Atoka-Coal County line, about 7 miles southwest of Lehigh, and moved east. It dissipated around 5:59 p.m. south or south-southwest of Lehigh. The last tornado in Oklahoma was reported at 5:53 p.m., causing damage five miles southeast of Caddo in Bryan County. More than 150 reports of wind and hail damage were also recorded across the state, mostly downed powerlines and uprooted trees. More severe weather is expected Friday and early next week. Check back for updates.


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