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2 tornadoes confirmed with speeds of 111-135 miles per hour

2 tornadoes confirmed with speeds of 111-135 miles per hour

The weather service estimated the tornado had a maximum wind speed of 130 miles per hour and said that its damage was consistent with an EF-2 tornado, the third-lowest intensity on the EF scale.

The storms struck Wednesday night and shredded homes, tore several businesses and knocked down power lines and trees in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pennsylvania, the Luzerne County Emergency Management said.

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

The mall near Wilkes-Barre was closed Thursday because power was out to much of the area after Wednesday's night confirmed EF2 tornado. It traveled about a half mile southeast toward Interstate 81 before dissipating. It says structures were "sheared off near their foundation".

In Bradford County, damage was reported in three neighboring townships, but emergency personnel said there were no reports of injuries. More details about the tornado including its intensity and an estimate of damage were set to be released later Thursday.

There were six people injured, NWS said.

The tornado caused severe damage in one of the region's major commercial corridors, destroying storefronts and ripping roofs off buildings.

In the city of Wilkes-Barre, damage was reported in the area of the Wyoming Valley Mall while the area was under a tornado warning.

"There were initial reports of entrapments with building collapses and debris, but local fire departments helped with removal from those properties", Scarboro said. Those with minor injuries were treated at the scene and didn't have to go to a hospital, he said.

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