Friday, 16 November, 2018

Picking Up The Pieces After Tornado in Wilkes-Barre Township

Strong Storm In Wilkes Barre Damages Businesses Overturns Cars Credit CBS3
Glenn Montgomery | 15 June, 2018, 11:28

Soon after, Wilkes-Barre Township police said on Twitter that there had been "report of multiple collapsed buildings area of Mundy Street", urging drivers to avoid the area.

See more photos of the damage below.

The National Weather Service on Thursday confirmed the extensive damage was caused by a tornado 150 yards wide that traversed about three-quarters of a mile, starting near the intersection of Highland Park Boulevard and Mundy Street.

A possible tornado tore through parts of Pennsylvania late Wednesday night, overturning cars, damaging businesses and knocking down trees and power lines. 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.

A tornado warning was issued late Wednesday night for Wilkes-Barre, Kingston and Plymouth.

Luzerne County Manager Dave Pedri described the damage as "staggering", noting that the destruction occurred in the heart of one of the region's premier shopping districts, which will be a blow to the local economy.

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.

In Bradford County, damage was reported in three neighboring townships, but emergency personnel said there were no reports of injuries.

The American Red Cross has been providing aid and guidance to first responders on the scene. Since 1888, there have been 175 tornadoes in Pennsylvania recorded in June, according to WPMT.

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.

Trees were uprooted, a auto was flipped, debris was everywhere and entire buildings were wrecked.

PPL Electric Utilities provides power for the area.

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