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Severe storms, apparent tornado flip cars and trigger building collapses in Pennsylvania

Vehicles damaged by a powerful storm seen outside of a U-Haul in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa., Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

(The Citizens’ Voice via AP)

Researchers from the National Weather Service surveys in Pennsylvania on Thursday to determine if tornadoes touched down after a series of strong storms left a path of destruction in the region.

The “significant storm” was centered in the northeastern part of the state on Wednesday in Lucerne, and Bradford County, according to the NWS Binghamton office.

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.

The Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department posted on Facebook that there are “multiple collapsed/damaged buildings” in the area of Mundy Street, and asked drivers to avoid the area.

U-Haul trucks parked on Mundy Street in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa., damaged after a strong storm moved through the area on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

(Christopher Dolan/The Citizens’ Voice via AP)

Photos of the area showed major damage to businesses, including flipped vehicles at a car dealership and U-Haul facility.

Debris is scattered across a car park near the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa., after a powerful storm moved through the area on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

(Christopher Dolan/The Citizens’ Voice via AP)

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Bruno Islands, an employee of a Panera Bread restaurant in the area, told the (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader that he was washing dishes at the back of the restaurant at the time that the storm hit.

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“I was washing dishes in the back, my manager had us secure the doors,” Isles said. “We had tables and chairs flying through the windows.”

Authorities say six people sustained minor injuries when the storms rolled through. Power lines were torn down and the rubble was scattered throughout the area.

Damaged cars are parked in a debris-filled lot on Mundy Street near the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa., after a powerful storm moved through the area on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

(Christopher Dolan/The Citizens’ Voice via AP)

Further to the north in Bradford County workers reported damage to homes and businesses in Granville and Franklin Townships.

“I’ve been in the department since 1973, I have never seen anything like this in our area,” Troy Fire Chief Roy Vargson told WNEP.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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