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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
557 PM EDT Thu Jun 14 2018


.Wilkes-Barre Tornado...

Start Location...Wilkes-Barre Township in Luzerne Pennsylvania
End Location...Bear Creek Township in Luzerne Pennsylvania
Date...Jun 13 2018
Estimated Time...1000 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF2
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...130 mph
Maximum Path Width...150 yards
Path Length...2.9 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...41.2436/-75.8467
Ending Lat/Lon...41.2245/-75.7969
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...6

A severe thunderstorm moved across Luzerne County between 930 and
1030 pm on Wednesday June 13 2018, producing an EF2 tornado in 
Wilkes-Barre Township around 1000 pm. The tornado touched down 
at Mundy Street and Highland Park Boulevard near the Wyoming 
Valley Mall, then traveled across I-81 and up into the woods
on Wilkes-Barre Mountain. Tornado damage continued on a broken 
path through the State Game Lands before dissipating near 
Llewelyn Corners and I-476. Numerous roofs were destroyed and 
windows blown out throughout the shopping center. Some structures 
were sheared off near their foundation. Power poles were snapped 
with numerous lines down. Several signs were destroyed, and 
debris was scattered throughout the region. One piece of sign was 
found approximately 7 miles from the mall area.

The Civil Air Patrol executed an overflight of the area and this
photo data will be reviewed along with other scientific and visual
data. Final adjustments to the tornado width, path length and 
direction are possible before a final report is issued.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.