Flights Cancelled As Storm Sweeps US Midwest

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Published: June 13, 2013

A violent storm swept across the upper Midwest on Wednesday and headed toward the US East Coast, spawning several tornadoes as well as damaging hail and high winds, but skirted Chicago without doing major damage.

More than 360 flights were cancelled at Chicago’s O’Hare airport and other flights were delayed, the Chicago Department of Aviation said.

An additional 55 flights were cancelled at Chicago’s Midway Airport.

The storm had been described by the National Weather Service as “very dangerous” because of its potential to produce tornadoes and “derechos” – storms in which wind speeds increase as they move.

The threat caused transportation chaos in Chicago, America’s third largest city. Many people left work early from high-rise buildings in order to beat the storm home, and others were stuck in traffic jams or on trains delayed by the weather.

The worst of the storm and the high winds passed just south of Chicago.

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