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The National Weather Service reported that a tornado touched down near Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) this evening. This prompted a ground stop, hundreds of flights to be disrupted, and passengers to take shelter at the airport.
A confirmed tornado is on the ground near O'Hare airport! This tornado has been touching the ground intermittently so far and is moving east. There are additional circulations along the line south of O'Hare. Seek shelter if in the warned area! https://t.co/lirNZotdNn
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) July 13, 2023
A confirmed tornado was on the ground around 7:00 PM. It passed quickly and without causing damage.
Severe weather is imminent at O'Hare International Airport. If you're in the airport, please exercise caution, and follow the instructions of all airport personnel. Service on the Airport Transit System is suspended until the threat of severe weather has passed.
— O'Hare Intl. Airport (@fly2ohare) July 12, 2023
At Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), 321 flights were canceled and 626 more were delayed. Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) also saw its operations disrupted with 255 flights delayed and 32 more canceled.
I could hear the sirens blaring and got several alerts of the tornado at my downtown Chicago home, but we didn’t see anything other than some rain.
Current look at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Shelter in place for several tornadoes! Stay safe out there🤍 pic.twitter.com/Tb8cCEd1uY
— Hannah Follman (@HannahFollmanTV) July 13, 2023
Passengers huddled in the walkway between Concourses B and C. I just hope they turned off “Rhapsody in Blue” as listening to that over and over while in a potential emergency situation is fairly torturous.
— Barry Butler Photography (@barrybutler9) July 13, 2023
In the end, a rainbow appeared over the city. Unfortunately, about 10,000 people lost power northwest of the city and thousands of travelers had their plans impacted tonight.
Anthony’s Take: It seems that the tornado didn’t cause too much damage. Hearing the sirens blaring and phones blowing up with alerts is eerie. I have not seen any reports of injuries or deaths and I hope that none emerge.
(Featured Image Credit: Rob Kenagy via Twitter.)
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