Possible tornado pounds parts of Pennsylvania, including Wilkes-Barre

Blanche Robertson
June 15, 2018

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

A strong storm slammed some areas of Pennsylvania, damaging numerous businesses, many in a shopping plaza, overturning cars and downing trees and power lines. "When that happened, I was like I have to get closer to the inside of the store".

National Weather Service investigators will try to determine if a tornado hit northeast Pennsylvania Wednesday night. Hittle said there were reports of six storm-related injuries that were not life threatening and did not require anyone to be admitted to the hospital. The area was under a tornado warning at the time. "Nearly everyone's cars in the parking lot were destroyed", the 18-year-old said.

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

Staff and patrons huddled in a kitchen for over an hour until they were allowed to escape to the Sonic Drive-in restaurant at the other end of the Wyoming Valley Mall parking lot.

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

According to the NWS, the tornado, classified as a category EF2, touched down around 10 p.m. near Mundy Street and Highland Park Boulevard by the Wyoming Valley Mall.

The tornado was on the ground for approximately three quarters of a mile (1.2 km), with a maximum path width of 200 yards (183 m).

A bystander stands in front of several businesses in the area of the Wilkes Barre Township Commons on Thursday morning.

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