When you get the meteorologist out of the studio and make him do location shots, sometimes he notices things that other newspeople don’t.
The Cedarville tornado left a track five miles long; but it was almost entirely through farmland, and no crop damage was done because the farmers haven’t started planting yet. The Dobbins family lost their house and barn, and another family lost a house; but it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been.
Cedarville is a very rural area except for a small old evangelical Protestant religious college. South Charleston (the town where the airmail landed) is also pretty darned rural, albeit it has more Catholic people. They had their own serious tornado at one point.