It's really not that devillish. I work in a newsroom. It kinda goes like this:
"Hey there's reports of tornadoes down in xx town!"
<Google search for local business>
<Phone call to business>
"Hi, y'all seen some tornadoes? No? Okay, thanks."
"No tornadoes Bob! What else do you need me to check on?"
As crazy as it sounds, calling up people and asking questions is a good way to get answers.
Why not Google up the local webcams and take a look?