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2019 sets record for Oklahoma tornadoes

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An aerial view of the tornado damage in Bryan County, Oklahoma. (Pablo Spencer/Red Cross) An aerial view of the tornado damage in Bryan County, Oklahoma. (Pablo Spencer/Red Cross)

NORMAN, Okla. -- The National Weather Service said Wednesday there's never been a year like this for tornadoes in Oklahoma.

Five twisters in eastern Oklahoma on October 20-21 pushed the annual total to 146, eclipsing the previous record of 145 set in 1999.

The peak month was May, with 105 documented tornadoes. There were no tornadoes in January, February, March, July or September.

Four people have died in 2019 tornadoes in Oklahoma. Two of those victims were killed in the powerful EF-3 event that swept through Bryan County on April 30, destroying 19 homes and damaging 20 others.

The statistics would indicate that Oklahomans are better prepared for violent storms; 42 people died in 1999, the previous record tornado year.

There have been no extremely dangerous EF-4 or EF-5 twisters in Oklahoma so far this year.

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