25 Years Ago Oologah Tornado Christens News On 6's Pathfinder

Tuesday, April 26th 2016, 1:46 pm
By: News On 6

Twenty-five years ago an F-4 tornado left a path of destruction across Rogers County.

The April 26, 1991 tornado destroyed 60 homes, 16 trailers, 16 apartments and 30 barns. The Oologah-Talala school complex sustained some $12 million in damage.

4/26/2011 Related Story: Oologah Residents Remember Devastating Tornado 20 Years Later  

That night, News On 6 debuted "Pathfinder," a new weather tool to help meteorologists plot the time the storms would hit specific areas.  

Chief Meteorologist Jim Giles used Pathfinder to warn people in the path of the storm. At 8:55 p.m. that Friday evening, he plotted the path of the storm, showing it would hit Oologah at 9:38, giving people there 45 minutes' warning. 

There were injuries, but no one died. Many people in Oologah credit Pathfinder's warning for keeping them safe.