Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport had to cancel flights in light of an impressive storm that not only impacts the Midwest, but is expected to affect a wide range of territory in the U.S. Several Chicago-area cities and citizens were also affected by power outages in the thousands. Not quite like a hurricane, Great Lakes cyclones can do just as much damaged if encountered.
Weather reports say that the forecast for this storm was to be the second-worst for the Midwest in recorded history, surpassing even that of the one which sunk the Edmund Fitzgerald, reported Brian K. Sullivan with Bloomberg News. National Weather Service meteorologist in Illinois Andrew Klein has explained that when talking about severe weather, Great Lakes cyclones are not like hurricanes– the cyclones receive their energy from jet stream and upper atmosphere, not warm tropical waters with winds having a powerful core.
Travis Hartman (MDA EarthSat Weather, Inc.), energy weather manager and meteorologist, said earlier this morning that the storm’s central pressure was one of the lowest being recorded within the Northern hemisphere (as of 8:30 a.m. Chicago time). Hartman said that everywhere from Chicago to the Appalachians is looking at some sort of severe weather. The National Weather Service has said that this storm is expected to last until tomorrow.
While Chicago weather is not the only which is affected, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is seeing winds up to 41 miles per hour, The Weather Channel has stated.
The Associated Press, as reported by The Huffington Post, is saying that Chicago’s South Side Midway International Airport has reported no cancellations as of a couple of hours ago. But the biggest news still seems to be that authorities for O’Hare have been forced to cancel many flights. A spokesperson for the Chicago Department of Aviation called it a temporary stop, basically saying that no flights would be departing.
Bloomberg News, however, said this lasted for a mere hour from about 8:30 to 9:30 this morning at our nation’s second-busiest airport. Meanwhile, there are still people going without power currently in the Windy City– the power was knocked out for around 85,000 at around 7:30 in the morning, affecting mostly Chicago, Aurora, and Joliet.
For Chicago flight information and more, you can visit the website for the Chicago Department of Aviation, who, at the time of this article, is reporting SW winds of 35 mph.
While recent reports would seem to imply that the severity of the storm is dying down, it is still advisable to keep checking in with the status in the city of Chicago and with O’Hare, and expect waits for at least the remainder of the day to stay on the safe side.
Brian K. Sullivan, Powerful Midwest Storm Knocks out Power, Flights in Chicago, Bloomberg News
Associated Press, O’Hare Flights Grounded: High Winds Causing Delays and Cancellations, The Huffington Post
Chicago Department of Aviation, Fly Chicago