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The 1951 Olney, Texas tornado outbreak was a small but intense tornado outbreak that occurred in the Great Plains, producing an F5 tornado near Olney, Texas.


Tornadoes

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F1
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F2
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F3
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F5
7 1 4 1 0 0 1


May 18 event

List of confirmed tornadoes – Friday, May 18, 1951
F# Location County / Parish State Time (UTC) Path length Summary
F5 Olney Young TX 1545 2 miles 2 deaths - At two school buildings, teachers hustled students to the basement or ordered them to lie on the floor under desks. A few students suffered cuts from flying glass, but none was seriously injured. Two elderly people died when the tornado, sounding like "fifty freight trains coming in off the prairie", wiped out a two hundred-yard wide section of town. Only vacant lots, many without even a scrap of debris, remained where fifty substantial homes had stood only minutes before. Another fifty homes were damaged beyond repair.
F1 E of Elgin (1st tornado) Comanche OK 1730 0.1 miles
F1 E of Elgin (2nd tornado) Comanche OK 1730 0.1 miles
F1 E of Elgin (3rd tornado) Comanche OK 1730 0.1 miles

May 19 event

List of confirmed tornadoes – Saturday, May 19, 1951
F# Location County / Parish State Time (UTC) Path length Summary
F1 SSE of Mayfield Beckham OK 1915 0.1 miles
F2 SSE of Taloga Dewey OK 1930 2 miles
F0 SSW of Berlin Beckham OK 2012 0.1 miles

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