Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

NWS: Tornado with 130 miles per hour winds hit W-B Twp. shopping area

NWS: Tornado with 130 miles per hour winds hit W-B Twp. shopping area

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

"I never seen anything like this in my life", township Mayor Carl Kuren said at the scene Thursday morning.

National Weather Service investigators will try to determine if a tornado hit a northeast Pennsylvania city. Power lines were downed in the streets and parking lots, along with overturned cars.

Governor Tom Wolf walked through the path of destruction left by a tornado in Wilkes-Barre Township Wednesday night.

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Dave Nicosia of the National Weather Service told reporters this afternoon that Wednesday's intense storm was a twister, but it will be a few hours still before more details about the twister are known.

"There's trucks on top of other trucks, there's cars flipped over, there were some folks trapped", said Wilkes-Barre resident Adrian Kessel.

Similar photos surfaced Thursday morning from Granville, Franklin and Leroy townships about 90 miles further north of Wilkes-Barre showing collapsed structures and shattered windows.

Authorities said six people sustained minor injuries when the storms rolled through. "This is a commercial hub in Luzerne County, this is a attractive area", said Luzerne County Manager David Pedri.

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Further north in Bradford County emergency responders reported damage to homes and businesses in Granville and Franklin Townships. A powerful storm damaged the Panera Bread restaurant in the Arena Hub shopping area in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa., on Wednesday.

First responders removed the guns and ammunition from Dick's Sporting Goods as a safeguard, and pets were also evacuated from the Petco and PetSmart stores for their safety, Smith said.

There were reports of homes destroyed, trees and wires down near Bailey Corners Road in Franklin Township.

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre, said he was working to get aide for the township through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its state counterpart.

PPL Electric Utilities provides power for the area.

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