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Branson tornado Facebook page successful after storm

By The Associated Press
February 29, 2012 | 10:09 a.m. CST

BRANSON — More than 1,300 people overnight became fans of a Branson tornado information page on Facebook created in January by a University of Missouri Extension Service employee in anticipation of such a storm.

Greene County Extension spokesman David Burton said he created three Facebook pages similar to ones for last year's Joplin tornado and Missouri floods to get information to people and allow them to ask questions.

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Burton said the number of people who had clicked "like" on the Branson page went from two on Tuesday to 50 at 5 a.m. Wednesday. It hit 1,300 by 8 a.m., and 15 minutes later the number was nearing 2,000 and rising at the rate of dozens per minute. At 10 a.m. 6,303 people had "liked" the page.

Burton also created tornado pages for Springfield and Greene County.