Pennsylvania hit by two tornadoes, officials confirm

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — National Weather Service officials confirmed Thursday that two tornadoes had touched down in northeast Pennsylvania late Wednesday night, causing severe damage in one of the region’s major commercial corridors. The weather system that created the tornadoes destroyed homes, stores and cars and left at least six people injured.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Binghamton, New York, determined tornadoes had touched down in Franklin and Wilkes-Barre townships.

Photos and videos of the aftermath show a shopping center in Wilkes-Barre about 110 miles north of Philadelphia, with roofs torn off, cars overturned and storefronts shattered. The weather service estimated the tornado had a maximum wind speed of 130 mph and said that its damage was consistent with an EF-2 tornado, the third-lowest intensity on the EF scale.

Survey team found damage consistent with an EF2 tornado, estimated maximum wind speed of 130 mph in Wilkes-Barre, PA. More information can be found at

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