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Tornado running cars and triggers building collapses in Pennsylvania

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

(The Citizens’ Voice via AP)

The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday that a tornado touched down in northeast Pennsylvania, damaging businesses and flipping cars in a shopping mall as the survey teams are working to figure out if other twisters touched down in the region as a whole.

The NWS Binghamton office said in a bulletin a survey team has confirmed a tornado occurred in the Wilkes-Barre Township on Wednesday night.

“The storm investigation is ongoing and additional information about the track, the damage and the intensity of the tornado is later today,” the agency said.

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.

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)

In Wilkes-Barre Township, 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.

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)

Alfalfa County officials told FOX56 that 23 businesses were damaged or destroyed by the tornado ‘ s path.

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

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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.

“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.”

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)

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.

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.

A few photos of the survey team in Bradford county, in the Granville, Leroy & Franklin Townships. They are still assessing whether the damage was caused by straight line winds or a tornado from the storms on June 13. #pawx #storm pic.twitter.com/GNVPaUI2rE

— NWS Binghamton (@NWSBinghamton), June 14, 2018

The NWS posted photos on Twitter of the survey team in Bradford County, in the Granville, Leroy and Franklin Townships.

“They are still assessing whether the damage was caused by straight line winds or a tornado from the storms on June 13,” the agency said.

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

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