FROM the moment we first posted news of the tornado on Sunday morning on our Facebook page, our community of readers grew exponentially.
In the first two hours, we recorded 20,000 page views on our website; by 4.40pm, we had 60,000 page views.
For the entire week, ending Monday, we recorded almost 179,000 page views, well above our previous record during the bushfire emergency.
Not only that, but there was huge demand for our print edition on Monday, with copies quickly selling out in Nowra.
Available today at your local newsagent is our special storm edition, which tells the remarkable stories of those caught in the path of the storm. It will be snapped up fast as a keepsake and no doubt shown to grandchildren in years to come as the story of the 2013 tornado is told and retold.
Register editor John Hanscombe paid tribute to the work of the dedicated editorial team that quickly mobilised to tell the story.
“We we out early on Sunday as the extent of the devastation became known and the team worked feverishly to get the story out to as many people as possible, via Facebook and our website, in the shortest time frame.
“The results speak for themselves – the traffic on website confirms that when it comes to local news, the Register is the place to go.”
Mr Hanscombe also thanked the members of the community who helped tell the story.
“From Max Cochrane who supplied stunning aerial photos of the devastation to those readers who via the phone, email and through our website pointed us in the direction of individual stories, it showed that everyone these days can be involved in telling the big story.”