As damage surveys are ongoing, photos from the northern Illinois towns rocked by severe storms on Thursday night show scenes of utter destruction. At least two large tornadoes leveled homes, ripped apart trees, and sprayed debris across it all.
According to the AP, a second death has been confirmed in Fairdale, Ill., which was decimated by a large and long-lived tornado.
The tornado that struck Fairdale appears to done at least EF-3 damage, possibly EF-4. Under Friday’s mostly sunny skies, three survey teams from the National Weather Service are investigating the storm paths to officially rate the tornado damage.
Authorities estimated on Friday morning that as many as 18 homes were completely swept from their foundations in Fairdale.