Tornado Strikes Pennsylvania Shopping Center

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WILKES-BARRE,PA-Wilkes-Barre police confirmed an F2 tornado struck a shopping plaza here in Northeastern Pennsylvania late Wednesday evening.

According to the National Weather Service, a severe thunderstorm moved across Luzerne County between 930 and 1030 pm on Wednesday June 13 2018, producing an EF2 tornado in Wilkes-Barre Township around 1000 pm.

The tornado touched down near Mundy Street and Highland Park Boulevard by the Wyoming Valley Mall and traveled about a half mile southeast toward I-81 before dissipating. Numerous roofs were destroyed and windows blown out.

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Structures were sheared off near their foundation. Power poles were snapped with numerous lines down.

“Multiple collapsed/damaged buildings area of Mundy Street, drivers are asked to avoid Mundy Street around the Wyoming Valley Mall to allow emergency personal access the area,” the Wilkes-Barre Police Department said in an initial statement.


Posted by The Citizens' Voice on Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Police today issued a warning that gawkers need not apply and those stopping along roadways to take pictures will be issued citations.

I-81 SB just before Exit 168, drivers are AGAIN advised that it is illegal to Park or Stand on the shoulder of the road to take pictures. The shoulder is for emergency stopping only. You are creating traffic congestion and slow moving conditions on the interstate along with making yourself a hazard to other vehicles. Multiple drivers have already been cited; others will continue to be cited if necessary.

Aerial view of the damage in Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania.

Posted by Access Aerial on Thursday, June 14, 2018

Posted by The Citizens' Voice on Thursday, June 14, 2018

 

Posted by The Citizens' Voice on Thursday, June 14, 2018

 

Posted by The Citizens' Voice on Thursday, June 14, 2018

Posted by The Citizens' Voice on Thursday, June 14, 2018