A tornado hit Lake Carey at 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 1998, with such violent force that it destroyed homes, ripped trees and shrubs from the ground and caused the death of two residents.

The next day, Wyoming County Commissioner Ron Williams reported that firefighters and volunteers were working to clear debris to make roads passable and that the National Guard was coming to help with the cleanup and rescue. Work crews from the state Department of Transportation found one road filled with a mound of trees 15 feet high.

Wyoming County Coroner Tom Kukuchka reported that two people, an elderly woman and a middle-aged man, died as a result of the violent storm.

Officials from the National Weather Service in Binghamton came to the area on June 3 and confirmed that a tornado hit the lake. The tornado sprang from a line of severe thunderstorms that moved across the region, a storm John LaCorte of the National Weather Service office in State College called one of the worst in history. The storm damaged a 25-square mile area, and President Bill Clinton declared Wyoming County a major disaster area days later.

In addition to the tornado at Lake Carey, reports arose about suspected tornados in Meshoppen and Lackawanna County. There also were suspected tornadoes in other parts of Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh and Centre and Northumberland counties.

Tornadoes also hit the area Sunday, May 31. The National Weather Service confirmed that an F-1 tornado struck in Monroe Twp. in Wyoming County, and two F-0 tornadoes hit Pike County.