A complete of 336 flights have been canceled at O’Hare as of 12:16 a.m. native time, with delays averaging 38 minutes, the Chicago Division of Transportation mentioned. The specter of a attainable twister additionally led to the evacuation of the airport’s visitors management tower, in response to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The evacuation occurred after the Nationwide Climate Service (NWS) in Chicago mentioned a confirmed tornado was on the ground close to Arlington, about 100 miles southwest of Chicago.
A extreme thunderstorm warning was later issued for areas north and northwest of the town, together with O’Hare Airport. The NWS mentioned winds have been as much as 60 mph, and there was a chance of penny-sized hail and a twister for these areas.
“We’re at present monitoring strengthening rotation over O’Hare Airport for the potential issuance of one other Twister Warning,” NWS Chicago wrote.
The FAA mentioned thunderstorms and a attainable twister prompted a floor cease on the airport. Arriving flights have been delayed by about 7 hours and 36 minutes, according to the agency.
Personnel within the air visitors management tower at O’Hare have been evacuated at 7:22 p.m., they usually returned about 20 minutes later, the New York Instances reported.
A traveler informed the paper the cancellation left him feeling “frustrated annoyed and tired.”
“I do not know the place I’m staying tonight,” mentioned Kevin Terrell, as he appeared for a technique to fly to Atlanta. “There’s like 60 folks right here on the airport all questioning what they’re going to do. This simply sucks.”
A complete of 26 flights have been additionally canceled on the metropolis’s Halfway Worldwide Airport, Chicago’s WMAQ-TV reported.