The Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department posted on Facebook that there were "multiple collapsed/damaged buildings" in the area of Mundy Street, and asked drivers to avoid the area.
"In my career? Yes, the worst I've ever seen", Nicosia said during a press conference, noting that he has spent 27 years with the weather service".
Minor injuries were reported as a result of the weather. "Please stay clear of this area while we work together", said Luzerne County Manager Dave Pedri.
There were reports of homes destroyed, trees and wires down near Bailey Corners Road in Franklin Township. "That's a concern. But we are lucky no one was seriously hurt", Pedri said. Similar photos surfaced Thursday morning from Granville, Franklin and Leroy townships about 90 miles (144.83 kilometers) further north of Wilkes-Barre showing collapsed structures and shattered windows.
As of Thursday morning, Mundy Street and the parking lot of the Wyoming Valley Mall were closed because of a propane leak from a tank at the U-Haul store, Smith said.
Trees were uprooted, a vehicle was flipped, debris was everywhere and entire buildings were wrecked. "It is capricious. You can see that I think from an aerial view, as I understand it, of the path of the tornado and you can see that from what was damaged and destroyed and what was left standing, like that tent full of flowers".
Local media outlets described the scene in Wilkes-Barre as a "war zone", saying numerous restaurants and stores on Mundy Street, in the township's business district, were "completely gutted", with water raining down from pipes in the ceilings. He said was working with county and state officials to determine if the storm would qualify for federal disaster aid.