National Weather Service determining if tornado hit Wilkes-Barre

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

A tornado caused about $3,000 worth of damage on June 14, 1966 in Wayne County, Mich.

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

Only six people were injured in the storm, but a number of businesses at the Wilkes-Barre Township Commons and Arena Hub Plaza had collapsed roofs, broken windows and damages signs.

The National Weather Service said it would be in the township Thursday to survey the damage and determine whether it was a tornado that touched down.

The National Weather Service will be surveying damage there as well.

- There were 63 "days with event and property damage". In Bradford County, damage was reported in three neighboring townships, but emergency personnel said there were no reports of injuries.

- The last four confirmed tornadoes within these seven counties have all been in Luzerne.

An EF2 tornado is categorized as "strong", with winds from 111-135 miles per hour. 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.

Bruno Isles, a Panera employee, told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader that he was washing dishes in the back of the restaurant at the time.

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

Unsurprisingly, tornadoes in Wayne County most commonly strike during the months of June, July and August. An EF0 tornado touched down on the Lynn Acres Farm on Kistler Valley Road around 4 a.m. that morning.

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