Governor tours tornado damage in Wilkes-Barre Twp

Storms Strike Eastern Pa. County

Storm damage in Wilkes-Barre.

"Two things we need to be thankful for, the first is so few people were hurt and the six people who were hurt, the injuries were minor". The National Weather Service says the tornado, with 130-mile per hour winds, left a three quarter of a mile trail.

Only six people were injured in the storm, but a number of businesses at the Wilkes-Barre Township Commons and Arena Hub Plaza had collapsed roofs, broken windows and damages signs.

Photos and videos on social media showed shattered storefronts and parking lots strewn with debris.

A violent tornado ripped across eastern Pennsylvania overnight, chewing-up everything in its path. "Please stay clear of this area while we work together", said Luzerne County Manager Dave Pedri.

In the city of Wilkes-Barre, damage was reported in the area of the Wyoming Valley Mall while the area was under a tornado warning.

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.

"In my career? Yes, the worst I've ever seen", Nicosia said during a press conference, noting that he has spent 27 years with the weather service". He said was working with county and state officials to determine if the storm would qualify for federal disaster aid.

Joy Frie told The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens' Voice that staff and patrons huddled in the kitchen of the bar where she bartends until they could escape to another business.

"Local emergency responders and PEMA will work together to figure out exactly how much damage was done", said Wolf. Township police wrote on their Facebook page that there were reports of "multiple collapsed buildings".

Scarboro said some of the rescues included at least one person in a wheelchair who needed help because of debris and older couples who were trapped in storm cellars by debris.

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