Second tornado confirmed in Northeast PA

Frederick Owens
June 15, 2018

The storm ripped through the Arena Hub shopping plaza and surrounding areas at about 10 p.m.

Local media outlets described the scene in Wilkes-Barre as a "war zone", saying numerous restaurants and stores on Mundy Street, in the township's business district, were "completely gutted", with water raining down from pipes in the ceilings.

An emergency alert and tornado warning from the weather service preceded the twister, but those caught in its path were nevertheless stunned by the devastation.

"I never seen anything like this in my life", township Mayor Carl Kuren said. The weather system that created the tornadoes destroyed homes, stores and cars and left at least six people injured.

Debris and damaged vehicles sit in front of a auto dealership on Thursday in Wilkes-Barre.

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"The doors were busting open". Similar photos surfaced Thursday morning from Granville, Franklin and Leroy townships about 90 miles (144.83 kilometers) further north of Wilkes-Barre showing collapsed structures and shattered windows.

Gov. Tom Wolf planned to tour the scene later Thursday afternoon, and 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.

The mall and the businesses on Mundy Street between Highland Park Boulevard and Tambur Boulevard will remain closed Thursday, according to officials. And everyone made it home safely.

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.

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

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