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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The town of Tornado is keeping its name.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the U.S. Board of Geographical Names voted Thursday to restore town's name after some modern maps had changed it to Upper Falls.

About a dozen people spoke in favor of the name Tornado at a Kanawha County commissioners meeting last month. No one favored Upper Falls.

Officials for the U.S. Geological Survey recently approved a local resident's petition to change the unincorporated town's name to Upper Falls. Local officials didn't find out about it until after the fact. Volunteer Fire Chief Greg Childress said the community has been called Tornado since 1881. He said it was once known as Upper Falls, but that was before West Virginia was a separate state.

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