Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Second tornado confirmed in Northeast PA

Strong storms pounded a shopping plaza in Luzerne County Pennsylvania on Wednesday Strong storms pounded a shopping plaza in Luzerne County Pennsylvania on Wednesday
Steven Clarke | 14 June, 2018, 23:09

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.

Don Brominski, spokesman for UGI Utilities, said the storm damaged some of the utility's gas meters but that the leaks had been stopped. Authorities say the stores will remain closed indefinitely.

The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday that a category EF2 tornado touched down in Wilkes-Barre Township, Luzerne County Wednesday night.

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

Cars were overturned and trees and power lines were knocked down.

"The doors were busting open", Frie said. Nearly everyone's cars in the parking lot were destroyed.

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Emergency crews from across the region have also been called in, with the American Red Cross on the scene assisting the first responders.

A Nissan dealership, U-Haul store, Ashley Furniture and Smokey Bones restaurant were also damaged in the storm, the Times Leader said.

Aerial view of the damage in Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania.

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.

Isles said he suffered a minor scrape on his arm while he helped to get other people in the restaurant to safety. "Our system is holding and safe at this point". One of the thunderstorms produced a long tracked EF2 tornado that affected areas from Plains and Bear Creek Township north through Pittston and Moosic Pennsylvania.

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