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    EF2 tornado destroys buildings, overturns vehicles in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

    By Kyle Elliott, AccuWeather meteorologist
    June 15, 2018, 1:44:18 PM EDT

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    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 restaurant in Wilkes-Barre. Six injuries in total have been reported.

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    Tornado damage in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AccuWeather Photo)

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    Tornado damage in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AccuWeather Photo)


    A tornado warning was issued for Wilkes-Barre and surrounding communities as the storms moved through the area between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

    An EF2 tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service (NWS) on Thursday as part of a storm survey. 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 by the Wyoming Valley Mall and traveled about a half mile southeast toward Interstate 81 before dissipating, according to the NWS.

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    Debris was strewn everywhere at this shopping center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on Thursday, June 14. (Photo/NWS Binghamton)


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

    Storm damage was also reported in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday night. A storm survey team confirmed on Thursday that the damage was caused by an EF2 tornado. The estimated maximum wind speed was 120 mph and the maximum width of its path 250 yards.

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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.

    Tornado damage Wilkes-Barre, PA 6-14-2018

    Tornado damage in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AccuWeather Photo)

    Tornado damage in Wilkes-Barre, PA 6-14-2018

    Tornado damage in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AccuWeather Photo)

    Tornado damage in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 6-14-18

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