Second tornado confirmed in Northeast PA


According to a Twitter post from the agency, the team in Bradford County had not made an official determination of whether a tornado had touched down or whether straight line winds had caused the damage there as of early Thursday afternoon.

National Weather Service officials confirmed Thursday that an EF2 tornado had touched down in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, late Wednesday and a second tornado touched down in nearby Bradford County.

Investigators were in the area Thursday morning surveying the damage left by the powerful storms.

The National Weather Service is expected to send a survey team Thursday to evaluate whether strong winds or a tornado caused the damage.

A few minor injuries have been reported.

It traveled about half a mile southeast toward I-81 before dissipating. It says structures were "sheared off near their foundation". More details about the tornado including its intensity and an estimate of damage were set to be released later Thursday.

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Numerous roofs were destroyed and windows were blown out.

They'll head to Wilkes-Barre on Thursday to assess the damage.

"There were initial reports of entrapments with building collapses and debris, but local fire departments helped with removal from those properties", Scarboro said. Emergency personnel had shut down streets and cordoned off the area because of damage to a large propane tank.

Isles said he suffered a minor scrape on his arm while he helped to get other people in the restaurant to safety.

Pictures from the area showed major damage to businesses, including flipped vehicles at a auto dealership and U-Haul facility.

There are no reports of injuries.