Midwest Tornado Kills 2, Rips Apart Tiny Illinois Town

Every building in Fairdale was damaged, authorities said.

— -- Millions of Americans from Texas to Maryland are bracing for another blast of severe storms after a deadly outbreak of tornadoes in the heartland carved a 50-mile path of destruction and left at least two people dead.

Tornadoes were reported Thursday across three states, almost all of them in Illinois. One of those tornadoes, an EF-4, according to officials, packed winds up to 200 miles per hour and devastated the town of Fairdale, Illinois, where two people died.

A 67-year-old woman was found unresponsive in her Fairdale home by family members and later pronounced dead, according to DeKalb County Coroner and County Emergency Services Coordinator Dennis Miller. The local coroner later identified the woman as Geraldine M. Schultz.