I got back yesterday from a trip to Oregon and left again today for a trip to North Carolina. On the way, I took some back roads through West Virginia and literally went through a Hurricane and then a Tornado.
According to the Hurricane Website, “it was a cool, misty morning in the year of 1774. A party of surveyors, commissioned by George Washington, traveled down the Kanawha River. As the sun was slowly rising, cutting through the fog of this early spring day, they noted in their journal that all the trees at the mouth of the creek were bent in the same direction. and they called the location “the place of the hurricane”. The creek became known as Hurricane Creek because of this phenomenon, and by 1811, according to early Virginia maps, the town of Hurricane Bridge was located where Route 34 now crosses the creek near Route 60″
Not much further down the road is another town called Tornado. Yup…a Hurricane and a Tornado, just a few miles from each other!!
The small unincorporated village of Tornado is part of Upper Falls, WV. I am not sure how it got its name, but it is fun to see a town named Tornado!!
Hurricane, WV to Tornado, WV