NWS confirms EF2 tornado touched down in Luzerne County

Glen Norman
June 15, 2018

"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". Power lines were downed in the streets and parking lots, along with overturned cars.

Damaged cars are parked in a debris filled lot on Mundy Street near the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa., after a powerful storm moved through the area on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Emergency officials say there were six minor injuries reported in Wilkes-Barre.

The storm came through around 10 p.m. Wednesday, following a tornado warning the National Weather Service issued.


Engineers are doing a structural assessment on structures in the plaza, said Stan Davis of the Keystone Incident Management Team is working with the Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency to assess the conditions of buildings, and it's expected some may have to be torn down.

"We will be there all day", Goldsworthy said. "This is a commercial hub in Luzerne County, this is a lovely area", said Luzerne County Manager David Pedri.

In the morning light Thursday, the scene along Mundy Street resembled a war zone, with debris in the streets and store fronts showing collapsed roofs, broken windows and damaged signs.

First responders removed the guns and ammunition from Dick's Sporting Goods as a safeguard, and pets were also evacuated from the Petco and PetSmart stores for their safety, Smith said.


The storm knocked out power to at least 7,200 people.

The tornado in Wilkes-Barre Township was rated an EF-2 on the enhanced Fujita scale and had an estimated maximum wind speed of 130 miles per hour.

There was a signup sheet for business owners trying to get a look at the damage the tornado brought. He said was working with county and state officials to determine if the storm would qualify for federal disaster aid.


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