Tornado Shuts Down Chicago O’Hare and Midway Airports

by Anthony Losanno
Tornado Shelter ORD

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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 was on the ground around 7:00 PM. It passed quickly and without causing damage.

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.

Tornado Warning Alert

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.

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.

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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