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Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Wilkes Barre Tornado: Severe Damage Caused By Potential Tornado in Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre Tornado: Severe Damage Caused By Potential Tornado in Pennsylvania

The National Weather Station at Binghamton will conduct a storm survey in the Wilkes-Barre area today from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.in relation to the storm.

A strong storm has pounded parts of Pennsylvania, damaging buildings, overturning cars and downing trees and power lines.

Several homes and businesses in Wilkes-Barre Township in eastern Pennsylvania were destroyed or damaged Wednesday night by a tornado, a National Weather Service official confirmed Thursday. There were six minor injuries and no fatalities.

The bookstore was one of about two dozen businesses that were damaged late Wednesday when an EF2 tornado - a twister with wind speeds of 130 miles per hour - touched down near the Wilkes-Barre Township Commons and Arena Hub Plaza along Mundy Street.

A possible tornado left a path of damage in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Storm damage in Wilkes-Barre.

"We've been surveying the damage, it was definitely a tornado touchdown", Dave Nicosia, warning coordination meteorologist for the NWS said Thursday at a news conference. Township police wrote on their Facebook page that there were reports of "multiple collapsed buildings".

A few minor injuries have been reported.

However, damage was reported to U-Haul, Kurlancheek's Home Furnishings, Tovon & Co., Panera Bread, Game Stop, Ashley Furniture, Dick's Sporting Goods, Eddie Bauer, Barnes & Noble, PetSmart, Smokey Bones BBQ and Ken Pollock Nissan.

Pictures from the area showed major damage to businesses, including flipped vehicles at a auto dealership and U-Haul facility. "We had tables and chairs flying through the windows".

"The doors were busting open", Frie said.

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