EF2 tornado battered Wilkes-Barre Twp. with 130 miles per hour winds

Wilkes-Barre Tornado

Wilkes-Barre Tornado

A powerful storm struck a shopping plaza late Wednesday night while the area was under a tornado warning.

National Weather Service officials confirmed Thursday that an EF2 tornado had touched down in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, late Wednesday and a second tornado touched down in nearby Bradford County.

Emergency crews are searching through the debris Thursday for residents who might not evacuated the area yet.

The investigators' report from Wilkes-Barre said the tornado damage was consistent with an EF2 strength tornado, meaning the average wind speed reached between 111 and 135 miles per hour. Authorities say the stores will remain closed indefinitely.

A possible tornado ripped through Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Wednesday evening, causing significant damage to the township.

There were no initial reports of injuries, according to the Associated Press.

At least six people were reported injured as the storm shredded homes, tore through several businesses and knocked down power lines and trees.

Another of the hardest hit areas, Wilkes-Barre Township in Luzerne County.

"My manager had us secure the doors", he said. Nearly everyone's cars in the parking lot were destroyed. Joy Frie told The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens' Voice that staff and patrons huddled in the kitchen of the bar where she bartends until they could escape to another business.

STORM DAMAGE: These are photos taken in Bradford County from a viewer.

Isles said he suffered a minor scrape on his arm while he helped to get other people in the restaurant to safety.

The tornado touched down about 10 p.m. near Mundy Street and Highland Park Boulevard by the Wyoming Valley Mall, and traveled southeast toward I-81 before dissipating, the weather service said.

"As we stand right now, we have no leaks", Brominski said.

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