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


"There were initial reports of entrapments with building collapses and debris, but local fire departments helped with removal from those properties", Scarboro said.

"I was washing dishes in the back, my manager had us secure the doors", Isles said.

National Weather Service investigators have confirmed a tornado struck near Wilkes-Barre and another hit in nearby Bradford County during a severe storm Wednesday evening.

The bookstore was one of 23 buildings 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. Dave Skutnik, the Regional Director of Communications for the Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania said that fortunately, there have been no fatalities, but a "few minor injuries" have been reported so far.

A survey team reported damage to multiple homes.

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U-Haul trucks parked on Mundy Street in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa., are damaged after a strong storm moved through the area on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

First responders removed the guns and ammunition from Dick's Sporting Goods as a safeguard, and also evacuated the Petco and PetSmart stores of the animals for their safety, Smith said. "It is capricious. You can see that I think from an aerial view, as I understand it, of the path of the tornado and you can see that from what was damaged and destroyed and what was left standing, like that tent full of flowers".

Debris and damaged vehicles sit in front of a auto dealership on Thursday in Wilkes-Barre. As of early Thursday afternoon, their live outage map showed that about 1,000 customers around Wilkes-Barre were without power. Power lines were knocked down, and debris was scattered throughout the area.

"We're all working in this together, Luzerne County always stands together", said Pedri.