Monday, 18 June, 2018

National Weather Service confirms tornado touched down in Wilkes-Barre

Strong storms pounded a shopping plaza in Luzerne County Pennsylvania on Wednesday Strong storms pounded a shopping plaza in Luzerne County Pennsylvania on Wednesday
Sammy Stanley | 15 June, 2018, 02:13

Officials say more information including an estimated intensity of the tornado and distance of its path would be released later Thursday.

The National Weather Service will be in the area Thursday to access the damage and determine whether a tornado touched down.

Authorities reported that 23 businesses were damaged or destroyed in the twister, and six people suffered minor injuries.

The storm shredded homes, torn through several businesses and knocked down power lines and trees in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pennsylvania, the Luzerne County Emergency Management said.

Parts of the business district in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pennsylvania looks like a war zone after powerful storms rolled through the area on Wednesday night.

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Jeff Scarboro, the director of public safety and emergency management for the county, said there were about 10 homes with varying reports of damage, some of which appeared to be destroyed. Similar photos surfaced Thursday morning from Granville, Franklin and Leroy townships about 90 miles (144.83 kilometers) further north of Wilkes-Barre showing collapsed structures and shattered windows.

UPDATE (1:53 p.m.) The National Weather Service in Binghamton has confirmed that the tornado that ripped through Wilkes-Barre township has been classified as an EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. It raveled about half a mile southwest towards I-81 before dissipating.

"The doors were busting open".

Mundy Street was closed from Highland Park Boulevard to Tambur Boulevard all day Thursday, as was the Wyoming Valley Mall.

The Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department posted on Facebook that there were "multiple collapsed/damaged buildings" in the area of Mundy Street, and asked drivers to avoid the area.

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