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The Great Plains Tornado Outbreak of May 3-4, 1999
Storm D Information

(D) PINK-SHAWNEE-STROUD STORM
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Storm D produced 4 tornadoes in the Norman National Weather Service warning area, however several tornadoes also formed from this thunderstorm in the Tulsa National Weather Service warning area.

D1 05/03/1999 2034-2052 9 30 F1 0 0 Cleveland/ Pottawatomie 1 N Etowah - Pink - Far SW Bethel Acres

The 1st tornado, D1, formed 1 mile north of the community of Etowah (15 miles south-southeast of Norman) in eastern Cleveland County, and moved to the north-northeast, damaging primarily trees (F0). The tornado then moved into Pottawatomie County and struck the community of Pink where the Pink Baptist Church, located on the south side of State Highway 9, 1.5 miles to the east of the Cleveland/Pottawatomie County line, was significantly damaged. The roof was taken off a new portion of the church, while the roof collapsed on the south side of the older portion of the church over the sanctuary, leading to significant water damage. The church was primarily of a cinder block construction with a brick exterior. An F1 rating was applied at the church. A detached large, metal "gymnasium" building to the south of the church was also damaged with the southwest corner of the building caved in and support beams bent. The tornado continued to the northeast before dissipating just inside the city limits of Bethel Acres near Stevens Road, between Waco Road and Hardesty Road. With the exception of the church buildings, damage was limited to trees and power lines.

D2 05/03/1999 2105-2120 7 250 F2 1 10 Pottawatomie 2 N Bethel Acres - NW Shawnee (Clarks Heights Addition at I-40/US-177) - 7 E McLoud (Acme Rd/Mocassin Trail)

The 2nd tornado, D2, formed in rural Pottawatomie County near Independence Road and Drummond Road, or about 6 miles west-northwest of Downtown Shawnee. A few trees were damaged as the tornado moved northeast into the Clarks Heights addition, along US-270, just south of Interstate 40. At 45th Street, a portion of a roof was blown off; a nursery was damaged; awnings were destroyed, and trees were downed. As the tornado crossed US-270, the air conditioner was taken off the roof of the El Charro restaurant. Continuing northeast into the West Gate neighborhood, 15 homes suffered significant damage. Three homes were completely unroofed, warranting an F2 rating, and a number of others were partially unroofed. Other homes suffered shingle damage; a number of large trees were downed, and a garage collapsed. Signs were also downed along the interstate adjacent to this neighborhood.

The next area of significant damage was along the 38800 block of Garrett's Lake Road where a mobile home was destroyed. The frame of the home was blown 50 to 75 yards to the northwest. The disintegration of the mobile home indicated a high F1 or borderline F2 intensity in this area. A few hundred yards to the northeast, the warehouse of Shawnee Light Systems was damaged; one large metal storage building was unroofed, and other buildings were damaged. The tornado crossed Acme Road and struck a number of double-wide mobile homes along Valley View Drive, where one fatality and one serious injury occurred in the same home. The mobile homes most heavily damaged in this area were destroyed, but not disintegrated. To the north, a barn was destroyed, and trees were damaged as the tornado crossed Wolverine Road. The tornado then curved to the north-northwest crossing Acme Road damaging more trees before dissipating.

D3 05/03/1999 2120-2145 11 100 F1 0 0 Pottawatomie/ Lincoln 6 NNW Downtown Shawnee (just outside Shawnee City Limits; Wolverine Rd/ Leo St) - SE Meeker - 4 NE Meeker

The 3rd tornado, D3, touched down about a mile southeast of where D2 dissipated, or along Wolverine Road and ½ mile east of Acme Road just outside the Shawnee city limits in Pottawatomie County. There, it destroyed an outbuilding and damaged trees. The tornado then moved northeast, continuing to damage large trees before striking the Country Meadow housing addition in far north Shawnee. A number of homes in this neighborhood were damaged, two partially unroofed. The homes in this neighborhood appeared to be well-constructed and were approximately two to five years old. Damage here was consistent with high-end F1 damage.

The tornado continued northeast, downing power lines as it moved into Lincoln County, 3 miles south-southwest of Meeker. At a point two miles south-southwest of Meeker, a double-wide mobile home was destroyed; a fifth wheel was tossed, and a large apple tree and a very large blackjack oak tree were destroyed. The tornado then moved northeast into the eastern sections of Meeker. Along US Highway 62 a couple of buildings suffered shingle and roof damage; a business sign was destroyed; a shed was destroyed and carried north over the adjacent house, and trees were downed. Scattered tree damage continued to a point four miles northeast of Meeker. Damage in Lincoln County was also rated F1.

D4 05/03/1999 2210-(2248) 15 750 F3 0 7 Lincoln/ Creek 3 NNE Sparks - Davenport - Stroud - 1 S Stroud Lake

The final tornado (D4) produced by storm D formed 3 miles north-northeast of Sparks in Lincoln County. From this point extending north-northeast toward Davenport, only sporadic tree damage was observed. The tornado then inflicted scattered and mostly minor damage to houses and businesses in southeast portions of Davenport, consistent with a high F0/low F1 rating, however a house just south of Davenport did lose more than half its roof.

The tornado then continued northeast toward Stroud, remaining nearly parallel with Interstate 44 and State Route 66. In Stroud, the city's three largest employers were heavily damaged. On the west side of Stroud along State Highway 66, the tornado hit the Sygma food distribution warehouse. The southeast section of the warehouse, a large free-span structure, suffered significant damage. Three semi-trucks at the warehouse were overturned. Some of the girders and siding from the warehouse were thrown to the northwest across State Highway 66. Farther east along State Highway 66, the Stroud Municipal Hospital suffered significant roof damage, which then caused significant water damage within the hospital. The pattern of the trees that were felled adjacent to the hospital suggested a multiple-vortex structure to the tornado at this point. Damage is estimated to be F2 along State Highway 66. As the tornado continued to move northeast along the turnpike, a McDonald's restaurant received minor damage, while an adjacent gas station had all its windows blown out. Semi-trucks parked in the gas station parking lot were also destroyed.

On the north side of the turnpike on Old Stroud Road, a group of seven mobile homes was completely destroyed, three of which were lived in, however none were occupied when the tornado struck. The degree of destruction of these mobile homes indicated an F2 rating in this area. To the north, a large house being built (although most of the exterior of the house was completed) suffered roof and siding damage, especially on the east side. Much of the newly-laid interior wood flooring was destroyed by water. A number of homes in a neighborhood on the south side of the turnpike were damaged. At least 2 houses lost roofs with more minor roof and siding damage to others.

Some of the worst damage, rated F3, occurred near the Tanger Outlet Mall, which was hit next by the tornado. Almost all of the stores suffered at leas roof damage, however a section of 7 storefronts was destroyed. This section included 4 stores: Dress Barn, Corning, Mikasa, and a housewares store. At the easternmost section of the building, the exterior walls of the Levi's store collapsed inward. This store was a couple hundred yards away from the other destroyed section. Local officials from Stroud had evacuated the mall before the tornado struck (approximately 2139 CST), and thus there were no fatalities or injuries in this area.

Just south of the outlet mall, a Best Western motel lost part of its roof, and a Wendy's restaurant suffered a partially collapsed roof and broken windows. North of the outlet mall, a number of homes were damaged or destroyed in the Midway mobile home park. As the tornado moved northeast out of Stroud, a number of high-tension electrical towers were downed, and a few trees were downed before the tornado moved into Creek County (Tulsa National Weather Service warning area) about one mile north of the turnpike, dissipating south of Stroud Lake.



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