Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Scenes of a 'war zone' as possible tornado rips south of us

Strong storms pounded a shopping plaza in Luzerne County Pennsylvania on Wednesday Strong storms pounded a shopping plaza in Luzerne County Pennsylvania on Wednesday
Patty Aguilar | 14 June, 2018, 23:15

The Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department reported multiple collapsed and damaged buildings in the area, as well as power outages.

The "considerable storm damage" was centered in the northeast part of the state on Wednesday in Luzerne and Bradford Counties, according to the NWS Binghamton office.

Emergency crews are searching through the debris Thursday for residents who might not evacuated the area yet. "When that happened, I was like I have to get closer to the inside of the store".

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. 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.

However, the NWS says the strongest tornado to hit Wayne County since 1950 was on May 12, 1956.

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"I was washing dishes in the back, my manager had us secure the doors", Bruno Isles, a worker at a Panera Bread in the area, told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader. "We had no idea what was going on", Frie said.

Power lines are down, vehicles are damaged and debris is littering the area. Nearly everyone's cars in the parking lot were destroyed.

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

Township Police Chief Ron Smith said the six injured people suffered only minor wounds and were not hospitalized.

As of Thursday morning, Mundy Street and the parking lot of the Wyoming Valley Mall were closed because of a propane leak from a tank at the U-Haul store, Smith said. "Our system is holding and safe at this point".

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