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The May 19, 2013 Lake Thunderbird-Shawnee EF-4 Tornado

Overview

A long track tornado began at 6:00 PM CDT (5:00 PM CST) in Cleveland County in the eastern sections of Norman just to the north of Lake Thunderbird along 96th Avenue and to the south of Tecumseh Road. The tornado moved northeast, crossing the eastern arm of Lake Thunderbird. A number of homes were significantly damaged as the tornado moved east-northeast through neighborhoods from near Indian Hills Road and 168th Avenue SE to the Pottawatomie County line.

The large tornado moved east-northeast into Pottawatomie County at 6:20 PM CDT and began curving northeast as it approached OK State Highway 102. The tornado moved through the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park north of Independence Road after crossing OK State Highway 102. Just northeast of the mobile home park, a permanent home was destroyed with much of the debris blown well to the northeast. It continued northeast crossing U.S. Interstate Highway 40 (I-40) near the intersection of US-177, then curved north-northeast finally dissipating near Wolverine Road and Coker Road at 6:50 PM CDT. One fatality occurred in the mobile home park, and another man was killed in his vehicle.

Damage Path Map

EF Scale Damage Contours of the May 19, 2013 Lake Thunderbird-Shawnee, OK Tornado

Storm Photos

Lake Thunderbird-Shawnee, OK Tornado

Photo of the May 19, 2013 Lake Thunderbird-Shawnee, OK EF-4 Tornado
Photo courtesy Chris Calvert
  Photo of the May 19, 2013 Lake Thunderbird-Shawnee, OK EF-4 Tornado
Photo courtesy Cliff Harden
Photo of the May 19, 2013 Lake Thunderbird-Shawnee, OK EF-4 Tornado
Photo courtesy Matt Kenndey
  Photo of the May 19, 2013 Lake Thunderbird-Shawnee, OK EF-4 Tornado
Photo courtesy Sara Wederski
Photo of the May 19, 2013 Lake Thunderbird-Shawnee, OK EF-4 Tornado
Photo courtesy Bill Hark
  Photo of the May 19, 2013 Lake Thunderbird-Shawnee, OK EF-4 Tornado
Photo courtesy Bill Hark

Storm Videos

The above video includes footage from the three main tornadoes that occured on May 19th. The first portion of the video (0:00 to 2:33) is of the east Lake Thunderbird-Shawnee, OK Tornado. The second segment (2:33 to 3:20) is of the Carney, OK Tornado, and the final few seconds (3:20 to 3:38) is of the Edmond, OK Tornado. Video courtesy Brandon Sullivan


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