Soon after, Wilkes-Barre Township police said on Twitter that there had been "report of multiple collapsed buildings area of Mundy Street", urging drivers to avoid the area.
"I was washing dishes in the back, my manager had us secure the doors", Bruno Isles, a worker at a Panera Bread in the area, told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader. Information comes from a variety of sources, which include but are not limited to: county, state and federal emergency management officials, local law enforcement officials, skywarn spotters, NWS damage surveys, newspaper clipping services, the insurance industry and the general public, among others.
Damaged cars are parked in a debris filled lot on Mundy Street near the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa., after a powerful storm moved through the area on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.
The National Weather Service will be in the area Thursday to access the damage and determine whether a tornado touched down.
At least six people were reported injured as the storm shredded homes, tore through several businesses and knocked down power lines and trees. "Nearly everyone's cars in the parking lot were destroyed", the 18-year-old said.
Don Brominski, spokesman for UGI Utilities, said the storm damaged some of the utility's gas meters but that the leaks had been stopped.
Aerial view of the damage in Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania. Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency volunteer Garrett Hittle said crews were working to stabilize the propane cylinder by off gassing the contents. As of late Thursday afternoon, the utility reported it still had 85 customers affected in the area, with no estimated fix time.