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Deadly Tornadoes Strike Illinois

Kirkland Community Fire District Chief Chad Connell speaks at a news conference, April 10, 2015, in Fairdale, Ill., a day after a tornado hit the small town northwest of Chicago.

A second woman from a tiny Illinois farming community has died, Gov. Bruce Rauner confirmed on Friday, a day after tornadoes struck the state, injuring roughly a dozen other people and sweeping homes off their foundations.

Crews embarked on detailed searches for missing residents on Friday morning after at least one tornado brought chaos to Fairdale, a town of 150 people.

Crews combed through each structure twice into the evening hours and searched again by equipment and by hand Friday morning.

The second deceased woman was initially reported missing and found Friday morning, Rauner said. Most other injuries were minor.

About 15 to 20 homes were destroyed in Fairdale, according to DeKalb County Sheriff Roger A. Scott.

All homes were evacuated as a safety precaution and power was out across the area.