This happened twenty eight years ago today! A handful of iconic and reconisgeable Tornadoes struck on the 26th April 1991.
The 26th April
started ominously as storms formed across central and western Oklahoma in the early
morning hours which then moved northeast. A Tornado struck Tonkawa, northern
Oklahoma around half an hour after sunrise. These storms moved northeast into
…However these storms weakened
in the late morning hours, but a dry line remained across central Kansas into central
Storms then redeveloped in the
afternoon along the dry line and outbreak of Tornadoes across much of central
and southern Plains happened. Before the outbreak ended, over fifty Tornadoes
had touched down in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska…
…Five violent Tornadoes touched down in southern Kansas and
The most significant/deadliest
Tornado touched down in Wichita, Kansas when an F5 Tornado swept through the
southern and eastern portions of the Wichita metropolitan area – including the
McConnell Air Force Base and the town of Andover.
Four other Tornadoes received the F4 rating in this outbreak, three of these violent Tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma. One Tornado overturned several cars on the Cimarron Turnpike before striking Wesport and Skiatook.
A second F4 Tornado struck Oologah, Oklahoma, northeast of Tulsa. The other violent Tornado was the only one to strike within the National Weather Service Norman (branch) area of responsibility – initially touching down east of Enid, around two point five miles from Garber…
…This Tornado ultimately
became known as the ‘Red Rock’ Tornado. It touched down at around 6:30pm, moved
northeast around sixty six miles over an hour and a half – making it one of the
longest Tornado paths document in Oklahoma.
In closing of this outbreak overview, another six Tornadoes touched down in north central and north eastern Oklahoma during the late afternoon and evening of the 26th April 1991.
We didn’t particularly want to make this a wordy article, however we wanted to give this significant outbreak a well-balanced and detailed introduction.
Now you’ve read about it, now relive the 26th April 1991 outbreak thru the lens of a camera in the videos below.