Tornadoes tear through Texoma
(KTEN) – November 4, 2022 will be a date in the history books for Texoma. At least four tornadoes destroyed portions of the region, including the small town of Idabel.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has been working tirelessly to assess the damage of Friday’s storms. As of Sunday evening, the NWS has completed its preliminary damage surveys in Texoma.
Bryan County, Oklahoma, received one tornado along U.S. 69 in Calera. An EF-1 tornado with winds of 100 MPH flipped a tractor trailer and destroyed a few mobile homes.
Lamar County, Texas, was dealt a heavy blow by an EF-3 tornado that most notably destroyed parts of Powderly, just north of Paris. Winds were estimated to be up to 160 mph.
An EF-2 tornado ripped through Choctaw County, Oklahoma, just west of Hugo. The tornado moved over Hugo Lake before weakening near Spencerville.
Unfortunately, one death can be attributed to a tornado that ripped through Pickens, Oklahoma, in McCurtain County. The preliminary rating of an EF-2 tornado packed winds of 125 MPH.
Continuing in McCurtain County, another tornado near Broken Bow was rated as an EF-2 that had winds up to 135 MPH. The tornado crossed Highway 70 before it crossed into the State of Arkansas where it exited Texoma. This tornado was the same twister that struck Idabel earlier that evening.
Sticking with the same tornado, it began in Red River County, Texas, where EF-3 damage was observed by the NWS survey team northwest of Clarksville. The tornado continued over the Red River into Oklahoma.
As the tornado crossed the Red River, Idabel took a direct hit from the violent EF-3 twister. Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed.
In the process of trekking through McCurtain County, the tornado passed near Idabel’s Oklahoma Mesonet weather station. A wind gust of 108 MPH was recorded, which makes it the fifth highest wind gust ever recorded by the Oklahoma Mesonet since its founding in 1994.
The McCurtain County tornado is also the first EF-3 tornado in Oklahoma since the El Reno tornado of May 29, 2019.