The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. It has yet to give the twister a rating.
The Weather Channel reported that despite multiple collapsed buildings, flipped cars and downed trees and power lines, only six people were injured in the storm. Red Cross spokesman Dave Skutnik said on Twitter that the injuries weren’t serious, but called the damage in the Luzerne County township “horrific.”
W-B Twp likely tornado update – firefighters indicate numerous Mundy St stores with roof & wall failure. Several – perhaps many – overturned vehicles. Somehow, only hearing about few minor injuries so far. Time of day helped (10pm). Two hours earlier and this is horrific.
— Dave Skutnik (@DaveSkutnik) June 14, 2018
A shopping center appeared to have sustained the greatest damage, according to local newspaper, the Times Leader. Photos from local news stations show both internal and external damage to the center. Other photos of the area show flipped vehicles and debris-strewn yards.
A bystander stands in front of several businesses in the area of the Wilkes Barre Township Commons on Thursday morning.
Bruno Isles, an employee at the Panera in a hard-hit shopping center, told The Times Leader that the cafe “had tables and chairs flying through the windows.”
A Panera Bread restaurant in the Arena Hub shopping area in Wilkes-Barre Township.
Wilkes- Barre Township police shared an aerial video to their Facebook page showing damage. In the video, which was originally posted by Access Aerial, damaged buildings, flipped trucks and heaps of debris can be spotted.
Aerial view of the damage in Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania.
Posted by Access Aerial on Thursday, June 14, 2018
PPL Electric Utilities provides power for the area. As of early Thursday afternoon, their live outage map showed that about 1,000 customers around Wilkes-Barre were without power.
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