WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The storm that ravaged the Arena Hub area Wednesday night was an EF2 tornado with winds up to 130 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said Thursday.
The twister cut a path up to 200 yards wide for three-quarters of a mile, the agency added.
Tornadoes are classified according to the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which measures them by wind speed. The scale ranges from an EF0, which starts at 65 mph, up to an EF5, which can top 200 mph. An EF2, or strong tornado, has winds between 111 and 135 mph.
The tornado touched down about 10 p.m. near Lazy Boy at Mundy Street and Highland Park Boulevard by the Wyoming Valley Mall, and traveled southeast toward I-81 before dissipating, the weather service said.
Numerous roofs were destroyed and windows blown out, and some structures were sheared off near their foundation. Power poles also were snapped with numerous lines down.
The assessment is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event, NWS officials said.