Possible Tornado Collapses Multiple Buildings, Overturns Cars in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Wilkes-Barre Township: NWS investigating possible Pennsylvania tornado

Township police wrote on their Facebook page that there were reports of "multiple collapsed buildings".

See more photos of the damage below.

The National Weather Service said it would be in Wilkes-Barre Township on Thursday to survey the damage and determine whether it was a tornado or straight-line winds that caused the damage.

The bookstore was one of 23 buildings that were damaged late Wednesday when an EF2 tornado - a twister with wind speeds of 130 miles per hour - touched down near the Wilkes-Barre Township Commons and Arena Hub Plaza.

Authorities reported that 23 businesses were damaged or destroyed in the twister, and six people suffered minor injuries.

There were reports of homes destroyed, trees and wires down near Bailey Corners Road in Franklin Township.

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U-Haul trucks parked on Mundy Street in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa., are damaged after a strong storm moved through the area on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. "Please stay clear of this area while we work together", said Luzerne County Manager Dave 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.

Debris and damaged vehicles sit in front of a auto dealership on June 14, 2018, in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pennsylvania.

The American Red Cross has been providing aid and guidance to first responders on the scene.

There was a signup sheet for business owners trying to get a look at the damage the tornado brought. Power lines litter the street, with a shopping plaza hit especially hard. The team in Bradford County said a second EF2 tornado touched down in Franklin Township.

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre, said he was working to get aide for the township through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its state counterpart.

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