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Strong Storm Damages Businesses, Overturns Cars In Luzerne County

Car is seen after being overturned by possible tornado in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania on night Car is seen after being overturned by possible tornado in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania on night
Jeannette Daniel | 14 June, 2018, 23:12

The twister in Wilkes-Barre Township, Luzerne County cut a path 200 yards wide for three-quarters of a mile, NWS said after surveying damage Thursday.

The National Weather Service will be in the area Thursday to access the damage and determine whether a tornado touched down. The team in Bradford County had not released a preliminary report saying how strong the tornado was that touched down in Franklin Township as of Thursday afternoon.

Photos posted on social media showed shattered storefronts and major damage to businesses, including a Panera Bread restaurant and a Barnes & Noble bookstore. 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.

Vehicles damaged from a powerful storm are seen outside a U-Haul in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa., Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The report said winds likely hit 130 miles per hour as the tornado traveled about half a mile after first touching down near the Wyoming Valley Mall.

PPL Electric Utilities crews were also on scene removing debris from power lines and working on downed lines.

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- The Feb. 25 tornado was the strongest of these storms, an EF2.

The Tornado Warning was issued at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday and continued until 9 p.m. Thousands are without power in the areas hardest hit, according to Penelec. "The scene is not safe enough to have people be able to go in and perform a complete assessment at this point", Hittle said.

"The doors were busting open. Nearly everyone's cars in the parking lot were destroyed", the 18-year-old said.

Kurlancheek Home Furnishings and U-Haul also suffered extensive roof damage.

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