Tornado destroys buildings, overturns vehicles in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Severe thunderstorms moved through northeastern Pennsylvania late Wednesday evening and caused significant damage to buildings and vehicles in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

The storms were associated with a vigorous system that caused a plethora of damaging wind and hail reports across parts of New York and northern Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

Building collapses, flipped cars and blown-off roofs from buildings were reported. At least three injuries were reported after a car flipped over in the parking lot of a Panera Bread in Wilkes-Barre.

A tornado warning was issued for Wilkes-Barre and surrounding communities as the storms moved through the area between 10 and 10:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

A tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service on Thursday as part of a storm survey. A rating has not yet been given. 


Officials will work to examine damage from a possible tornado in Wilkes-Barre that touched down overnight. (Twitter photo/Nanticoke City Fire Department)

The Red Cross has sent a team of disaster workers to assist in cleanup efforts following the devastation in the wake of the violent storms.

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Propane and gas leaks have also been reported in Wilkes-Barre Township, and police have asked residents to remain clear of the area to avoid injuries.

Major damage has also been done to the Arena Hub Plaza, including to the Eddie Bauer outlet and Barnes and Noble, in Wilkes-Barre Township.

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