Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

National Weather Service to determine if tornado hit town

National Weather Service to determine if tornado hit town

The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday that a category EF2 tornado touched down in Wilkes-Barre Township, Luzerne County Wednesday night.

"Something big hit it", he said.

A Nissan dealership, U-Haul store, Ashley Furniture and Smokey Bones restaurant were also damaged in the storm, the Times Leader said.

Power lines are down, vehicles are damaged and debris is littering the area.

Emergency crews from across the region raced to the township, the station reports, adding that the American Red Cross was on-scene assisting first responders and others.

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Police said Thursday that Mundy Street is without power; according to reports, the road will be closed throughout the day. "It might be U-Haul's roof". They had a Porta Potty.

The damage was also at times amazingly arbitrary.

"That's the nature of a tornado", Gov. Tom Wolf said after touring the scene.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, of Pennsylvania, took to Twitter and urged people in the path of the storm to stay safe and "please heed the warnings and follow the directions of local officials". "This is an all hands on deck". Wednesday, and touched down near Mundy Street and Highland Park Boulevard near the Wyoming Valley Mall. The tank had about 500 gallons of propane remaining and was expected to continue venting for hours.

Don Brominski, spokesman for UGI Utilities, said the storm damaged some of the utility's gas meters but that the leaks had been stopped. As of late Thursday afternoon, the utility reported it still had 85 customers affected in the area, with no estimated fix time.

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