Pryor, OK Tornado, Apr 1942

Pryor, OK Tornado, Apr 1942 Pryor, OK Main Street after the tornado Apr 1942, photo from familyoldphotos.com Pryor, OK Main Street after the tornado Apr 1942, photo from familyoldphotos.com Pryor OK  April 1942.jpg Pryor OK Tornado 1940s.jpg Chevrolet Garage After Tornado, Prior, Oklahoma, 1942 Scene in Eastern Part of Pryor, Oklahoma after Tornado 1942 Pryor, OK after the tornado Apr 1942, photo from familyoldphotos.com

On April 27, 1942, a tornado swept along Pryor main street from the western edge of the business district to the eastern edge of the city, destroying nearly every building and causing extensive damage to the residential section. The storm killed 52 people, according to the U.S. Weather Bureau, but The Associated Press set the total at 60 two days after the storm. More than 400 were injured in the storm that caused damage estimated at $3 million.

The F4 tornado struck about 5 p.m. local time, an hour and a half after one hit near Talala, Oklahoma, and mowed a path about 5 miles long, killing three and injuring 12. Talala, which was not hit, is about 30 miles northwest of Pryor. Governor Leon C. Phillips put the area under martial law, but because the Oklahoma National Guard had been activated for service during World War II, he sent state troopers to rescue victims, maintain order and prevent looting.

The Pryor tornado ranks as the fifth deadliest in Oklahoma history behind tornadoes at Woodward in 1947, Snyder in 1905, Peggs in 1920, and Antlers in 1945. The May 3, 1999, tornado at Midwest City caused more damage but fewer deaths.

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Pryor OK Tornado

I have a few pictures of this that I found in a box of old family photos...

Pryor 1942 tornado

This tornado left very vivid memories for me. At the time, Pryor was the home of my mother's parents and one of her brothers. I was 11 years old when we drove from Cleveland, OK to Pryor 2 days after the storm in order to help my grandparents, whose home was very badly damaged. The destruction in Pryor was unbelievable. The loss of life was terrible, but would have been catastrophic if the storm had hit a little later, when the powder plant workers would have been off-work and in town.

My mother was 10 years old

My mother was 10 years old and her family was moving there from Missouri because her father took a job in Pryor, missed it by an hour.