Pennsylvania tornadoes: Officials confirm tornadoes touched down in Franklin, Wilkes-Barre townships

Pennsylvania tornadoes: Officials confirm tornadoes touched down in Franklin, Wilkes-Barre townships

In Bradford County, where Franklin is located, damage was reported in three neighboring townships, but emergency personnel said there were no reports of injuries. "When that happened, I was like, 'I have to get closer to the inside of the store.' I turned to run, and that was when I saw the back wall was just gone".

A possible tornado tore through parts of Pennsylvania late Wednesday night, overturning cars, damaging businesses and knocking down trees and power lines. Similar photos surfaced Thursday morning from Granville, Franklin and Leroy townships about 90 miles (144.83 kilometers) further north of Wilkes-Barre showing collapsed structures and shattered windows.

Authorities reported that 23 businesses were damaged or destroyed in the twister, and six people suffered minor injuries.

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

See more photos of the damage below.

"The doors were busting open".

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Joy Frie told The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens' Voice that staff and patrons huddled in the kitchen of the bar where she bartends until they could escape to another business.

Engineers are doing a structural assessment on structures in the plaza, said Stan Davis of the Keystone Incident Management Team is working with the Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency to assess the conditions of buildings, and it's expected some may have to be torn down.

Don Brominski, spokesman for UGI Utilities, said the storm damaged some of the utility's gas meters but that the leaks had been stopped.

Gov. Tom Wolf toured the damage with reporters and first-responders Thursday afternoon and briefly spoke about how fast storms like the one Wednesday night move.

Then, they will determine whether they fall within the federal threshold to receive any aid.

Mundy Street was closed from Highland Park Boulevard to Tambur Boulevard all day Thursday, as was the Wyoming Valley Mall.

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