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As of early Thursday afternoon, their live outage map showed that about 1,000 customers around Wilkes-Barre were without power. Hittle said there were reports of six storm-related injuries that were not life threatening and did not require anyone to be admitted to the hospital. Tornadoes are categorized from EF0, which are weaker with wind speeds between 65 and 85 miles per hour, to EF5, which are considered violent with wind speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. The NWS said that structures were also sheared off near their foundation.

The powerful storm struck a shopping plaza late Wednesday night in Wilkes-Barre Township while the area was under a tornado warning.

As the sun rose -Thursday--Mundy Street was littered with overturned vehicles. bent utility poles. and debris scattered around the road.

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.

The storm knocked out power to at least 7,200 people. "From that point, decisions will have to be made as far as what to be done with the buildings, whether they are recoverable or not".

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All the stores in the Panera Bread strip mall appeared to have lost their roofs, and Kurlancheek Home Furnishings and U-Haul also suffered extensive roof damage.

Emergency crews from across the region.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Binghamton, New York, determined tornadoes had touched down in Franklin and Wilkes-Barre townships.

As of Thursday morning, Mundy Street and the parking lot of the Wyoming Valley Mall were closed because of a propane leak from a tank at the U-Haul store, Smith said.

"We will be there all day", Goldsworthy said.

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