Posted: May 21, 2024 10:03 AMUpdated: May 23, 2024 12:34 PM

May 6 Tornado Rated EF-2, EF-1 in Bartlesville

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Nathan Thompson

Survey crews from the National Weather Service have completed their observation of the May 6 tornado through the Bartlesville area and have determined it was an EF-2 tornado as it entered the southwestern portion of the city before decreasing in size to an EF-1 on the far northeast side and lifting.

The National Weather Service found EF-2 damage from Gap Road to Circle Mountain and again from Keeler Avenue to Southview Avenue, south of 20th Street.

The tornado then decreased in intensity as it moved northeast, crossing Hillcrest Drive, Silver Lake Road and Adams Boulevard. Additional EF-1 damage was located from Frank Phillips Boulevard north through Tuxedo Boulevard and then crossed Minnesota Street near Madison Boulevard.

The tornado finally lifted near the intersection of Durham Road and Bison Road.

EF-2 wind speeds are between 111 mph and 135 mph. EF-1 wind speeds are between 86 and 110 mph.

This was the strongest tornado to hit Bartlesville since March 15, 1982, where F-2 damage hit much of the west side of the city.


May 6, 2024 tornado path through Bartlesville, courtesy of National Weather Service

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