Oklahoma sees record number of tornadoes this year

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A nighttime tornado touched down near Hobart in western Oklahoma in May 2019. (KOCO) A nighttime tornado touched down near Hobart in western Oklahoma in May 2019. (KOCO)
TULSA, Okla. (KAKE) -

The National Weather Service says there have been more tornadoes in Oklahoma this year than any year on record. 

The service's Tulsa office said five twisters in eastern Oklahoma on October 20 and 21 pushed the annual total to 146, breaking the previous record of 145 set in 1999.

KAKE's sister station KTEN reports the peak month was May, with 105 documented tornadoes. There were no tornadoes in January, February, March, July or September.

Four tornado-related deaths were recorded in Oklahoma this year.  Two of those victims were killed in the powerful EF-3 event that swept through Bryan County on April 30, destroying 19 homes and damaging 20 others.

Forty-two people died in 1999, the previous record tornado year.

According to KTEN, there have been no EF-4 or EF-5 twisters in Oklahoma this year.

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