Vehicles damaged from a powerful storm are seen outside a U-Haul in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa., Wednesday, June 13, 2018.
The bookstore was one of 23 buildings that were damaged late Wednesday when an EF2 tornado - a twister with wind speeds of 130 miles per hour - touched down near the Wilkes-Barre Township Commons and Arena Hub Plaza.
However, the NWS says the strongest tornado to hit Wayne County since 1950 was on May 12, 1956.
TWP. - It was a tornado. 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.
Cars were overturned and trees and power lines were knocked down.
"The doors were busting open".
Gov. Tom Wolf planned to tour the scene later Thursday afternoon, and state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre, said he was working to get aide for the township through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its state counterpart.
A Nissan dealership, U-Haul store, Ashley Furniture and Smokey Bones restaurant were also damaged in the storm, the Times Leader said. Debris lay scattered in parking lots and on streets and sidewalks. 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.
Jeff Scarboro, the director of public safety and emergency management for the county, said there were about 10 homes with varying reports of damage, some of which appeared to be destroyed.
Scarboro said some of the rescues included at least one person in a wheelchair who needed help because of debris and older couples who were trapped in storm cellars by debris.