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NWS Confirms Tornado Hit Luzerne, Lackawanna Counties

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PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado hit part of Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties Saturday afternoon.

The NWS said the tornado touched down near Bald Mountain Road in Plains Township around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

“The tornado did extensive damage to a metal horse barn, and 2 homes along its path. There was varying amounts of damage to another 28 homes. The tornado also knocked down over a thousand trees along a 12.8 mile long path,” The National Weather Service said in a report.

Widespread damage was found in the area of Suscon, Chapel, and Baker Roads.  Roofs were blown off homes.  Strong winds toppled numerous trees and brought down power lines.  Some people were stuck inside their homes, while crews worked to repair downed power lines.

The tornado also caused damage along Glendale Road in Pittston Township and Spring Brook Township in Lackawanna County.

There was significant tree damage at Lake Scranton.

The NWS said the tornado finally lifted north of Lake Scranton.

Maximum wind speeds were estimated at 120 mph along Bald Mountain Road in Plains Township and between 100 and 110 mph along Suscon, Chapel, and Baker Roads in Pittston Township.

There were no injuries or deaths reported.


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