Fast Facts for the
May 31-June 1, 2013 Tornado and Flash Flood Event
- The first tornado developed around 5:35 pm CDT in western Kingfisher County. The most signficant tornado developed around 6:03 pm CDT near El Reno. This storm then moved east to southest into western and central portions of Oklahoma City, producing other tornadoes.
- Other storms developed to the west and moved over the same areas as the first storm. This produced significant flooding in the Oklahoma City metro. At least 23 high water rescues were conducted.
- A total of 13 people lost their lives due to flash flooding in Oklahoma County during the mid to late evening hours of May 31, 2013. In addition, another person died in flash flooding produced from this event in Okfuskee County during the mid morning hours of June 1, 2013. Unfortunately, the total of 14 flash flood fatalities in Oklahoma for this event was the greatest loss of life in the state due to flash flooding since 14 people were killed by flash floods in the city of Tulsa on May 26-27, 1984.
- At least 100,000 homes and businesses lost power after the storms had passed.
Radar Research Infromation
Severe Weather Safety Information
Web Pages and Reports Related to the May 31-June 1, 2013 Event
Tornado Data and Information
- List of F5/EF5 Tornadoes in the United State Since 1950 (Storm Prediction Center)
- Comprehensive List of Tornadoes in Oklahoma City since 1890.
- Top Ten Costliest Oklahoma Tornadoes (1950-Present)
- Top Ten Deadliest Oklahoma Tornadoes (1875-Present)
- Quick List of F5 Tornadoes in Oklahoma (1905-Present)
- Detailed List of Violent Tornadoes in Oklahoma (1950-Present)
- Detailed List of Killer Tornadoes in Oklahoma (1950-Present)
- Cleveland County, OK Tornadoes (1875-Present)
- McClain County, OK Tornadoes (1875-Present)
- Tornadoes that have occurred in or near El Reno, OK (1875-Present)
- Tornadoes that have occurred in or near Moore, OK (1875-Present)
- The October 4, 1998 Tornado Outbreak Twenty-eight tornadoes occurred in central and eastern Oklahoma, including an F2 tornado which damaged parts of Moore. It was the largest autumnal outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded in Oklahoma.
- The May 3, 1999 Tornado Outbreak This outbreak included nearly 60 tornadoes in central Oklahoma. It was the largest tornado outbreak ever recorded in Oklahoma. The first F5 tornado ever to hit a the Oklahoma City metro area killed 36 people and tore through parts of Newcastle, south OKC and Moore, OK. The damage total was estimated at $1 billion. Two F4 tornadoes also ravaged parts of Kingfisher and Logan counties.
- Oklahoma City Area Tornadoes of May 8, 2003 The central United States experienced a record-breaking week of tornadoes from May 4 through May 10, 2003, when nearly 400 tornadoes occurred in 19 states and caused 42 deaths during the seven days. Included in this total were the tornadoes which hit the southern Oklahoma City metropolitan area on May 8, 2003 including an F4 tornado which tore through parts of Moore, Oklahoma City and Choctaw.
- The May 10, 2010 Tornado Outbreak This outbreak produced 35 tornadoes in the NWS Norman forecast area alone, and a total of 55 tornadoes in Oklahoma. Two EF4 tornadoes struck the Oklahoma City metro area including Moore, killing 3 people and injuring over 80 others.
- The May 24, 2011 Tornado Outbreak While this outbreak included only 12 tornadoes in the NWS Norman forecast area, 3 of these were violent (1 EF5 and 2 EF4s). The killer tornado that went through Canadian, Kingfisher and Logan Counties was the first F5/EF5 tornado in Oklahoma since the May 3, 1999 outbreak.
- The May 19, 2013 Tornado Outbreak Two supercells in central Oklahoma also produced a total of 8 tornadoes, including one violent tornado that hit parts of Cleveland and Pottawatomie Counties.
- The May 20, 2013 Tornado Outbreak An outbreak of 15 tornadoes occurred in parts of central and eastern Oklahoma. A violent, EF5 tornado struck parts of McClain and Cleveland Counties, including the cities of Newcastle, south Oklahoma City and Moore and killed a total of 24 people. Damage estimates were $2 billion, making this the most costly tornado to ever occur in Oklahoma.
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