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Wyoming County storm kills 2

Wednesday, June 03, 1998

By The Associated Press

TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. -- Two people were killed when a tornado apparently touched down in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, knocking down hundreds of trees and trapping several people in their houses, a Wyoming County official said.

"We're not OK up here," County Commissioner Ron Williams said early today from an emergency post. "It appears that a tornado did touch down ... and went right across the top of our county."

The heaviest damage, and the fatalities, occurred in the town of Lake Carey. The victims' identities were not immediately available. It was unclear how many people were injured.

"We have approximately 600 to 700 trees uprooted and down," Williams said. The fallen trees hampered efforts to get to the community's residents, and rescuers were checking houses by boat, he said.

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