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UPDATE: Tornado Back on Map in Kanawha County

UPDATE 3/15/13 @ 8 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Tornado is back on the map.

The Board of Geographical Names reversed a decision made last month which renamed Tornado, "Upper Falls." This sudden name change created a big controversy for people who live in Tornado.

Members of the community teamed up with several lawmakers to voice their opposition, claiming it erased over one hundred years of Tornado's history.

Now that tornado is back on the map, the BGN is installing several highway signs to direct people to the town.

“I would like to praise the decision the BGN reached today, I think it was the right thing to do” said Commissioner Kent Carper. “This could not have been done without the help and support from Senator Manchin, Senator Rockefeller, Congresswoman Capito and Delegate Suzette Raines, Delegate Eric Nelson and Delegate J.B. McCuskey. But most importantly it could not have been done without the help of the Chief Greg Childress of the Tornado VFD and the citizens of Tornado.”



ORIGINAL STORY
UPPER FALLS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- There's a storm brewing in Kanawha County, and it's all over a name.

It turns out, Tornado, W.Va., has been blown off the map.

"People are getting lost," said Bill Currey, co-founder of the Coal River Project, which brings people to the region by the thousands for tourism.
"We had 30,000 brochures printed, and Tornado is right smack in the middle. Now GPS and mapping sites don't recognize it."

As it turns out, the Kanawha County Commission recently found out the unincorporated community of Tornado had it's named changed at the national level to to Upper Falls, W.Va.

The change came after a resident petitioned the U.S. Geological Survey. The notification has caught many by surprise.

"I never in my life would have thought a town's name could be hacked," Currey said. "But this one sure was."

At Duran's Grocery in Tornado/Upper Falls, the controversy has people talking.

"I don't understand it," says Joann Bowles, a grocery clerk."Now it'll have to be changed on our driver's license, all our bills, the post office. It doesn't make sense."

In the last several days, there have been emails and letters sent back and forth between local governments and the U.S. Geological Survey's offices.

The goal now is to get the name changed back to Tornado.


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