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Largest Oklahoma tornado on Monday rated an EF2

The National Weather Service has rated the tornado that touched down near Tipton on Monday as an EF2.

It was one of a half-dozen tornadoes that touched down from a cycling supercell thunderstorm. Most of the rest were weak and short-lived. This footage was shot by Alec Jones.

The tornado touched down in northern Texas, crossed the border into Oklahoma and lifted northeast of Tipton.

Here’s a photo of the Tipton tornado shot by Steve Grabman and posted by the Norman branch of the weather service.

Below it is another tornado that developed during the outbreak, photographed by Dustin Wilcox as it moved over Saddle Mountain in the Wichita Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, and is posted on the Norman NWS branch’s website.

Anyone who was surprised to hear of the tornado outbreak in southern Oklahoma on Monday isn’t well-versed on weather history.

November tornadoes aren’t unusual in Tornado Alley. In fact, there was a tornado outbreak in Kansas on this date in 1915.

Two F4s were among three tornadoes that touched down in central and south-central Kansas – including the Wichita metropolitan area, according to the National Weather Service.

The first violent tornado, with a track 35 miles long and 300 yards wide, struck Great Bend, killing 11 and injuring 75. Damage totaled around $1 million as 160 homes were destroyed. Around 1,000 sheep were killed and hundreds of dead ducks fell from the sky 25 miles northeast of the end of the tornado’s track.

An F4 twister carved a track 16 miles long and 200 yards wide from 4 miles south of Peck to Derby. Four people were killed and 28 were injured.

The other twister was a narrow F2 with a track 3 miles long but only 30 yards wide, moved just a couple miles southeast of Pratt.

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