Luzerne County tornado classified as EF-2, 130 miles per hour winds

Possible tornado ripped through Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania on night

Vehicles damaged from a powerful storm are seen outside a U-Haul in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa., Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

A possible tornado tore through parts of Pennsylvania late Wednesday night, overturning cars, damaging businesses and knocking down trees and power lines.

Another team of investigators confirms an EF2 tornado with a high wind speed of 130 miles per hour touched down in Wilkes-Barre about 10 p.m. Wednesday causing severe damage to one of the region's main commercial corridors.

"It is capricious. You can see that I think from an aerial view, as I understand it, of the path of the tornado and you can see that from what was damaged and destroyed and what was left standing, like that tent full of flowers".

First responders, the American Red Cross and the National Weather Service were all deployed to the scene.

A shopping center appeared to have sustained the greatest damage, according to local newspaper, the Times Leader.

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At least seven tornadoes have been reported in Pennsylvania this year, CNN meteorologists said.

- There were 63 "days with event and property damage".

Kurlancheek Home Furnishings and U-Haul also suffered extensive roof damage.

However, the NWS says the strongest tornado to hit Wayne County since 1950 was on May 12, 1956. It occurred when a strong cold frontpushed into an unseasonable record-breaking warm air mass for late February and led to a significant severe weather outbreak.

In the city of Wilkes-Barre, damage was reported in the area of the Wyoming Valley Mall while the area was under a tornado warning.

As of Thursday morning, the area around Highland Park Boulevard and Bear Creek Boulevard are closed to traffic.

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