Weather service confirms 2 tornadoes in NE Pennsylvania

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (WHTM) - National Weather Service investigators have confirmed a tornado struck near Wilkes-Barre and another hit in nearby Bradford County during a severe storm Wednesday evening.

The tornado in Wilkes-Barre Township was rated an EF-2 on the enhanced Fujita scale and had an estimated maximum wind speed of 130 mph.

The weather service says the twister touched down near Mundy Street and Highland Park Boulevard by the Wyoming Valley Mall around 10 p.m. and traveled about a half mile southeast toward Interstate 81 before dissipating.

Investigators who surveyed the damage found numerous roofs destroyed and windows blown out. They said structures were sheared off near their foundation, power poles were snapped, and numerous lines are down.

WBRE-TV reported the storm also ripped roofs from businesses. Cars and rental trucks were overturned by the strong winds.

Six minor injuries were reported.

The tornado in Bradford County also was rated an EF-2, meaning it has winds speeds of 111 to 135 mph. Details of the damage and intensity was expected later in the day.

A survey team reported damage to multiple homes.

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