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‘Most deadly tornado’: A look back at the 1947 Woodward storm

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WOODWARD, Okla. - 67 years ago today, a deadly twister tore through the quiet town of Woodward.

It is now considered the most deadly tornado to ever hit the State of Oklahoma.

The storm began in the Texas Panhandle and produced at least six tornadoes along a 220 mile path.

The tornado that hit Woodward continued on the ground continuously for 100 miles, ending just west of Alva.

Experts say it was up to 1.8 miles wide and traveled forward about 50 miles per hour.

It hit Woodward without warning at 8:42 p.m. and crossed over 100 city blocks.

The National Weather Service says 1,000 homes were destroyed, at least 107 people were killed and 1,000 others were injured.

Following that storm, the weather service created a tornado watch and warning program.

Click here for more information on the storm.