Strong storms, apparent tornadoes flip cars and trigger building collapses in Pennsylvania

Strong Storm In Wilkes Barre Damages Businesses Overturns Cars

Wilkes-Barre Township in Pennsylvania is being described as a "war zone" after major and damaging storms ripped through the area on Wednesday night.

National Weather Investigators will be in Bradford County Thursday to access the damage there as well.

Photos posted on social media showed severe structural damage, destroyed businesses and cars flipped over by the storm.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday.

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An EF2 tornado is considered to be a strong storm, with winds from 111 to 135 miles per hour, according to the NWS.

A tornado warning was issued late Wednesday night for Wilkes-Barre, Kingston and Plymouth.

"I was washing dishes in the back, my manager had us secure the doors", Isles said. "Nearly everyone's cars in the parking lot were destroyed", the 18-year-old said.

Power lines are down, vehicles are damaged and debris is littering the area. Joy Frie told The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens' Voice that staff and patrons huddled in the kitchen of the bar where she bartends until they could escape to another business.

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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.

STORM DAMAGE: These are photos taken in Bradford County from a viewer.

Mundy Street was closed from Highland Park Boulevard to Tambur Boulevard all day Thursday, as was the Wyoming Valley Mall.

Township Police Chief Ron Smith said the six injured people suffered only minor wounds and were not hospitalized.

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A bystander stands in front of several businesses in the area of the Wilkes Barre Township Commons on Thursday morning.

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