April 10, 2015
It isn't all Redbuds and Easter Lillys
A tornado brought chaos to a tiny northern Illinois town, killing one person, injuring eight more and sweeping homes off their foundations, as large storm system rumbled across much of the country.
DeKalb County Sheriff Roger A. Scott said in a news release early Friday that 15 to 20 homes in Fairdale were destroyed by the twister that hit the ground around 7 p.m. Thursday.
Matthew Knott, division chief for the Rockford Fire Department, told The Associated Press that just about every building in the town about 80 miles northwest of Chicago "sustained damage of some sort."
A 67-year-old woman was found dead inside her home, DeKalb County coroner Dennis Miller told reporters early Friday. Scott said of the 150 Fairdale residents, another eight were taken to hospitals after the storm hit.