Disaster News | Wilkes-Barre Township, PA Struck by Tornado | 1

WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Penn.  – A tornado warning went into effect around 2100 hours EDT until 2300  on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

An expected tornado hit a shopping district (one of the largest in NE PA or NEPA) near the Mohegan Sun Arena causing building structural collapses, significant damage, overturned vehicles and entrapment in building and vehicles.

A regional amount of resources descended upon the area and worked through the night and early morning hours to search for survivors.   There is no word on the count of injuries or if there are any deaths reported.

Tornado Warning for Luzerne/Lackawana Counties. Strongest rotation over Wilkes-Barre. | Photo Credit – Weather Media

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

There are several fire, EMS and other Agencies involved with this incident which include:

Photo Credit | Red Cross of Eastern PA

  • Luzerne County Fire Companies
  • Luzerne County EOC (activated/opened at 2254 EDT)
  • Avoca Fire Department
  • Mountain Top Hose Company 1
  • Naniticoke City Fire Rescue
  • Fairmount Township Vol Fire and Ambulance Co
  • Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company
  • Sweet Valley Ambulance Association
  • Slocum Township Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Company
  • Township Police Department
  • Red Cross Eastern PA
  • Nanticoke City Fire Department

All regional units were released from this incident at 0049 EDT on Wednesday.  Local units are still on-scene.

REPORTED DAMAGE

There are many eyewitness damage assessments being reported across Social Media and verifiable/reliable sources.

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Photo Credit | Nanticoke City FD

U-Haul Rentals

  • Vehicles turned upside in the parking lot
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Photo Credit | Nanticoke City FD

Panera Bread

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Photo Credit | Nanticoke City FD

  • 3750 Wilkes Barre Township Commons
  • Building collapsed.
  • Fire crews are doing a deep SAR search for possible entrapped victims.

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill

  • 265 Mund Street
  • Light poles on vehicles
  • A search by M9Alpha is in effect.

Township Road – Pine Tree x Loyalville Roads

  • Mud slide in roadway

Wilkes-Barre Township – Olive Garden Plaza

  • Unknown structure damage report

Photo Credit | NWS Binghampton

El Rey Azteca

  • Significant structural damage
  • Windows broken out
  • Roof appears to have caved in
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Photo Credit | El Rey Azteca

Dicks

  • Significant structural damage

Mundy Street

  • Multiple collapsed/damaged buildings
  • AVOID Mundy Street around the Wyoming Valley Mall

Barnes & Noble Books

  • Part of the building has been destroyed
  • Appears Tornado hit the side of the building
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Photo Credit | El Rey Azteca

PetSmart

  • Building completely destroyed on the interior
  • Roofing has littered the parking lot
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Photo Credit | Nanticoke City FD

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Some say it is rare due to being at nighttime and usually at night, the instability is low causing storms to weaken.  Saying between EF3-EF4.

ABOUT WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, PA

This is located southwest of Scranton and  situated in Luzerne County, PA.  It has approximately a population of 40,569 residents.  It has industrial roots that is located along the Susquehanna River. The City is approximately two hours away from NYC and Philadelphia.

It is about 2.9 square land miles.  It is crossed from the northeast to the southwest by I-81, PA RT 309 and Business RT 309 (Wilkes-Barre Township Blvd).  Recognizable roadways are Kidder Street, Mundy Street, Highland Park Boulevard, Coal Street, Northampton Street and Blackman Street.

The downtown business district is host to about 11,000 employees, the 4th largest downtown workforce in Pennsylvania.

Some of the major shopping districts are the Mohegan Sn Area at Casey Plaza (formerly Wachovia Arena), Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township Commons, Highland Park Boulevard Plaza and the Wyoming Valley Mall (rebuilt after Hurricane Agnes destroyed it in the 1970’s).

The Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department consists of 3 Fire/EMS Stations (HQ, South Station and Hollenback Station) located on Ross Street, High Street and Washington Street. This is a paid career Fire Agency.

The Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department is made up of both Patrol and Detective Divisions.  There are 40 Police Officers and 1 Civilian personnel. The Agency has its own K-9 unit, Directed Enforcement Unit, Narcotics & Gang Unit and a Traffic and Parking Enforcement unit.

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Photo Credit | Wikipedia

Their substations are located at the Wyoming Valley Mall, the largest shopping facility in Northeastern part of the State and at Wegman’s Food Market on HIghland Park Boulevard.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2315 hours PDT

#Breaking | Fracking Explosion in PA

Updated 1500 Hours PST

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Scanner Feed began picking up radio traffic around 1430 Hours PST of a fracking explosion at 78 Lusk Rd (Papa Bear Pad) in the Somerset Township in Washington County (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania.

Around 1440 PST, the FD was calling for additional tankers from nearby Fayette and Allegheny Counties.

FIRE TACTICS

A foam line was being used as tactics to suppress the fire around 1450 hours PST.

FRACKING DEFINITION

Fracking is defined as, “the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc., so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas.”

The dangers of Fracking has caused a lot controversies and you can see by these after effects as the reasons why:

  • Contamination of groundwater
  • Methane pollution and its impact on climate change
  • Air pollution impacts
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Blowouts due to gas explosion
  • Waste disposal
  • Large volume water use in water-deficient regions
  • Fracking-induced earthquakes
  • Workplace safety
  • Infrastructure degradation

Check this site that NPR put together with various drilling sites that have received multiple violations that clearly paint a picture of how dangerous these operations truly are.   http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/drilling/counties/washington-county/

SOCIAL MEDIA

There was one other post out on Social Media. Not much talking on the Scanner Feed but we will  bring more details as we receive them.

We are using #PAExplosion2017 #FrackExplosion2017

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Amtrak’s Train 89 Plows into Backhoe, Derails Killing 2 and Injures Many Passengers

Chester, PA – Earlier this morning, Amtrak’s Palmetto Train 89 traveling from New York to Savannah, Georgia struck a backhoe sitting on the busy rails in Chester, South of Philadelphia.  Two people were reportedly killed and up to 30 injured.

INTERRUPTED SERVICE

Amtrak stated that all train traffic had been suspended on the Northeast Corridor then later released a statement stating, “We are providing limited service between Wilmington and Philadelphia.”

As of 1151 PDT,  New York City Emergency Management tweeted that all Amtrak Northwest Corridor traffic has resumed between NYC and Philadelphia but to expect some delays.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Amtrak Hotline.  Friends and Family can check the status of their Loved Ones by calling Amtrak’s Emergency Hotline phone number 1-800-523-9101.

Red Cross.  The Red Cross responded less than an hour into the scene, bringing with them their Spiritual Care Team to the Trainer United Methodist Church on W. 9th Street.  They also set up at 30 Station with snacks, water and additional members of their Spiritual Care Team to help traumatized passengers.

INVESTIGATION

Amtrak is currently working with the NTSB to thoroughly investigate this incident.  We are hoping for a good outcome as to how and why this occurred so it doesn’t happen again.

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