Tornado hits Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, damaging buildings and causing minor injuries
The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed that a tornado hit Pennsylvania's Wilkes-Barre Township on Wednesday night. This type of storm is unusual for the area. "A severe thunderstorm moved across Luzerne County between 9:30 and 10:30 pm on Wednesday June 13 2018, producing an EF2 tornado in Wilkes-Barre Township around 10:00 pm," The NWS wrote in a bulletin. "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. Structures were sheared off near their foundation. Power poles were snapped with numerous lines down." The storm mainly damaged stores and restaurants in the township's 'business district'. Reports described "gutted" homes and businesses, flipped vehicles, and left debris throughout the area. Six people with minor injuries were reported by Thursday. However, this was likely the result of lucky timing; if the storm had hit a few hours earlier, the damaged area would have been heavily populated.