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.

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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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