NWS confirms EF2 tornado touched down in Luzerne County

Possible tornado pounds parts of Pennsylvania, including Wilkes-Barre

Possible tornado pounds parts of Pennsylvania, including Wilkes-Barre

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

The storm shredded homes, torn through several businesses and knocked down power lines and trees in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pennsylvania, the Luzerne County Emergency Management said.

Some of the storm damage is visible from I-81 South near Wilkes-Barre, the Times Leader said. "When that happened, I was like I have to get closer to the inside of the store".

The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday that a category EF2 tornado touched down in Wilkes-Barre Township, Luzerne County Wednesday night.

Authorities reported that 23 businesses were damaged or destroyed in the twister, and six people suffered minor injuries. That was an EF4 tornado that struck at 6:55 p.m.in the Allen Park and Ecorse areas. "Nearly everyone's cars in the parking lot were destroyed", the 18-year-old said.

Nearby Bradford County, Pennsylvania also had a lot of damage from Wednesday night's storms.

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

Emergency crews from across the region have also been called in, with the American Red Cross on the scene assisting the first responders.

"It is capricious. You can see that I think from an aerial view, as I understand it, of the path of the tornado and you can see that from what was damaged and destroyed and what was left standing, like that tent full of flowers".

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

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