As the sun rose Thursday, Mundy Street in Wilkes-Barre Township, was littered with overturned vehicles, bent utility poles, and debris scattered around the road. This was not an optimistic sign for business owners, as they came to check on their buildings following Wednesday’s tornado.
“I had no idea that the tornado would have done this much damage,” Ronne Kurlancheek, owner, said. “I thought it would have been something in the front and a little something in the back, but this looks like it will take us a while.”
Kurlancheek home furnishings is one of many businesses in Wilkes-Barre Township Commons that were leveled by the storm. First responders are still trying to figure out how many businesses have been impacted in this popular shopping center.
They say the devastation is vast. Employees arrived for work Thursday, instead they found rubble and debris.
“I cannot believe it,” Ashley Ash, an employee at Kurlancheek Home Furnishings said. “This is quite an event. It was unexpected and unpredictable.”
Just across the street, near the Wyoming Valley Mall, most businesses there dodged a major catastrophe.
“It was pretty crazy, a couple of our umbrellas broke one is still standing,” Joe Labarbera, Five Guys General Manager, said. “But compared to what happened right across the street, we are super lucky. And everyone made it home safely. That’s all good news you know.”
Power still remains out businesses in the area. It remains unclear when things will return to normal.