National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


A thunderstorm complex in the form of a bow echo traversed across portions of southeast Missouri into southern areas of western Kentucky during the afternoon hours on May 3. The bow echo produced an EF-1 tornado that caused damage in Marston, MO, in New Madrid County. Widespread straight line wind damage was also observed with these storms from Van Buren, Doniphan, and Poplar Bluff, Missouri eastward into the Mayfield, Murray, and Fulton areas of western Kentucky. Winds of 60 to 70 mph caused tree and roof damage along with power outages in some areas.