The Tornado Partly Destroyed a Town in Pennsylvania
PENNSYLVANIA — June, 15, 2018
Severe thunderstorms and EF2 tornado destroyed buildings and overturned vehicles in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
It was associated with a vigorous system that caused a plethora of damaging wind and hail reports across parts of New York and northern Pennsylvania.
Witnesses spoke about significant destructions of many buildings, blown-off roofs and flipped cars.
At least three injuries were reported after a car flipped over in the parking lot of a Panera Bread restaurant in Wilkes-Barre. There were six injuries in total.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the estimated maximum wind speed was 130 mph and the maximum width of its path 200 yards.
The tornado touched down near Mundy Street and Highland Park Boulevard, then came southeast toward Interstate 81 before dissipating.
"BREAKING: Wilkes-Barre township. Live wires down at this time. Parts of roofs everywhere.Police asking everyone to leave the area.Propane leaking. Dozens of fire, police. Stay tune at 11. Busy, busy, busy here," said a reporter Cody Butler on his Twitter.
Propane and gas leaks have also been reported in Wilkes-Barre Township, and the police have asked residents to remain clear of the area to avoid injuries.
"BREAKING: Some store fronts at the Arena Hub Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township were shattered from tonight’s storm. Here’s a look at Eddie Bauer outlet and Barnes and Noble. It smells of gas here. Car parts are all over the parking lot. Power is out," twitted another reporter Carolyn Blackburne.
Pennsylvania officials said, this was going to take hours to examine damages from a possible tornado in Wilkes-Barre that touched down overnight. Propane and gas leaks have also been reported in Wilkes-Barre Township. Police ask residents to remain clear of the area to avoid injuries.
The Red Cross sent a team of disaster workers to assist in cleanup efforts.
The NWS warned people of the dangers of continuing the storm. The officials urge people to stay home until tomorrow.