Having lived through more than one tornado and having experienced damaging hail and hurricane-force winds just about every 5-7 years, I think the kid overreacted.
SOP during a tornado is to get down as much as possible - not to document the event. Funnel clouds are common out here so I guess we don't get that excited about them. Most funnel clouds never touch down. Where the kid is saying that a lot of damage has been done, I just didn't see it.
I came home one day and the entire second story of the house across the street was open because the winds had ripped the roof and front off. I came home one time and every window on the north side of my house was broken - through double pane glass. I came home one day and it was impossible to see the black asphalt on the road because every tree was stripped completely bare and all the leaves were plastered in the ground 2 inches deep. Two years ago it hailed so hard that the birds were all beaten to death in people's yards.
Colorado standards of extreme weather are not Pennsylvania standards. ;)