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2021 Piedmont - Guthrie, Oklahoma Tornado
EF5 tornado
Piedmont-Meridian, Oklahoma

The mile wide tornado northeast of Piedmont.
Date May 7, 2021
Times 1721-1924
Touchdown location 5:21 PM CDT
Highest winds

270 mph (estimated)

Injuries 74
Fatalities 5
Damage $2 billion (2021 USD)
Areas affected Piedmont-Guthrie, Oklahoma
Part of the
Tornadoes of 2021 (Hitman)
May 2021 Tornado Outbreak Sequence

The 2021 Piedmont-Guthrie, Oklahoma Tornado was a violent and costly, EF5-rated tornado that struck Piedmont and Guthrie, Oklahoma in the early-evening hours of May 7, 2021. In all, 5 people were killed, along with 74 injuries, and $2 billion (2021 USD) in damages.

The only EF5 of the outbreak touched down on May 7th to the west of Piedmont, Oklahoma. The twister developed in front of people at the Chester's Party Barn and Farm, where videos show the tornado forming and growing to a half mile wide. As it passed north of there, the tornado struck a few isolated farms and houses, causing EF3 damage, along with downing trees and power poles. Moving towards the east-northeast, the twister passed over the northern subdivisions of Piedmont destroying several homes and leveling some of them, obtaining an EF4 rating. Ground scouring and debarking of trees started occuring as well and the tornado widened up to a mile and started causing EF5 damage, obliterating numerous farmsteads and leveling completely several homes; trees were completely debarked and snapped to their bases along with power poles; extensive ground scouring was observed in this area, metal power trusses were toppled and two of them were mangled and mobile homes were thrown outside of the tornado's path; cars and tractors were picked up, mangled beyond recognition and deposited back on the ground several miles away. The Promised Land Bible Institute was struck directly at EF5 strength and completely blown away with about 80 people inside; incredibly, only two people died here. The twister then turned towards the northeast, striking a residential area between Edmond and Seward where EF5 damage occurred with a few well constructed homes leveled. The town of Seward itself was spared with the tornado passing just a mile to the west. [1]The tornado as it approached Guthrie Moving in this direction, the tornado targeted directly the city of Guthrie. On its path, extensive ground scouring continued and hundreds of trees were completely debarked; more farms got swept clean and asphalt was destroyed as well. The Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airportwas

Oklahoma EF5

The tornado as it approached Guthrie.

barely missed to the west although debris fell down on it, damaging windows and planes. An entire subdivision west of the airport was devastated with EF5 rated damage, the Autoquip Corporation was destroyed at EF3 strength while a McDonald's and the Walmart Supercenter suffered high end EF4 damage. Other restaurants in the area were severely damaged before the tornado passed right through the middle of Guthrie, where downtown suffered EF2 to EF3 damage. The area between Broad Street and Drexel Street was the worst hit, with high end EF5 damage to numerous homes. The Territorial Museum, the Scottish Masonic Temple, the Logan County Sheriff building and the Logan County Courthouse all suffered high end EF4 damage. Homes were flattened, in many cases with nothing left if not severely damaged foundations, the few trees left standing lost parts of their bodies, cars were left completely irrecognizable and grass was scoured from gardens; debris and destroyed cars fell down from the sky on the football and baseball fields, where EF3 damage occurred. More EF5 damage occurred to the north, especially in and around Highland Hall park where all the water was sucked out of a swimming pool and the pool itself became a muddy hole as all the materials it was made of

OK Ef5 damage

EF5 damage between Edmond and Seward.

were taken aloft. Two tennis fields were reduced to mud as well and all the trees were completely debarked and reduced to splinters. As it exited the main part of Guthrie, the tornado caused EF5 damage to a last subdivison and turned sharply towards the east, passing just north of the Interstate 35 and Oklahoma Highway 33 intersection where numerous motorists made a mistake, seeking shelter under overpasses as debris fell on them. More debris fell on the Guthrie Summit View Cemetery. [2]EF5 damage between Edmond and Seward The twister crossed Oklahoma Highway 33 northeast of town and threw a few cars off the road and destroyed farms and houses at EF4 strength while doing so. From there, the tornado weakened rather quickly and dissipated between Meridian and Langston. [3]EF5 damage in northeastern Guthrie On its 47 miles long path, the tornado caused only 5 fatalities and injuried 74 people. This miraculously low death toll was caused by a 45 minutes long Tornado Emergency issued for the Guthrie area as the tornado was causing severe damage in Piedmont. Infact, two deaths occurred at the Promised Land Bible Institute and three more as cars were thrown off Oklahoma Highway 33 and nobody was killed in the middle of town. Experts said that because the tornado was heavily covered by local meteorologists in its stronger phases, a lot of people decided to evacuate north in the hail core of the storm before the twister got there and even more people evacuated in the morning hours knowing the potential for a big tornado outbreak in the area. Overall, this tornado was the costliest of the event, with about 2 billion dollars in damage.

Guthrie damage

EF5 damage in northeastern Guthrie.

20 days later, an EF4 tornado impacted some of the same areas in Piedmont.


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