Hey, we made the big time: The Weather Channel actually sent a reporter to Springfield yesterday to cover the tornado and its aftermath. It doesn’t get any better than that.
On the a serious note, the reporter made an observation about how lucky we really were. The fact that we had no fatalities can largely be attributed to these factors:
We had 35 minutes warning – a rarity with tornados.Absent any one, much less all, of these factors things would have been a lot worse. A lot worse.
It occurred in the evening when most people were still awake to hear the warnings
The tornado skimmed the city mostly at tree-top level rather than along the ground.