Tornado touches down

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
The weekend storms included a touchdown by a tornado in New Madrid County. The home and barn of Jim Holmes, located off of Highway 61 just north of Matthews, were destroyed by the tornado and a barn across the highway also was damaged. According to New Madrid County Emergency Management Director Dave McClarty, the National Weather Service's Rick Shanklin determined Monday it was an EF2 tornado which touched down around 3 a.m. Sunday. Holmes told officials he was awakened by a loud boom when a tree was toppled onto his roof then heard the "roar of a train" as the tornado hit. Holmes was uninjured.

The weekend storms included a touchdown by a tornado in New Madrid County. The home and barn of Jim Holmes, located off of Highway 61 just north of Matthews, were destroyed by the tornado and a barn across the highway also was damaged. According to New Madrid County Emergency Management Director Dave McClarty, the National Weather Service's Rick Shanklin determined Monday it was an EF2 tornado which touched down around 3 a.m. Sunday. Holmes told officials he was awakened by a loud boom when a tree was toppled onto his roof then heard the "roar of a train" as the tornado hit. Holmes was uninjured.

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