ST LOUIS (LALATE) – Chicago’s O’Hare Airport is back open with delays after a severe weather storm earlier. Chicago’s O’Hare airport is open after a cancellations of more than one hundred flights were announced to local news on Tuesday morning. A severe weather storm striking the region had knocked out power for Chicago residents this morning and had prompted flight cancellations through Chicago’s O’Hare airport.
That storm had encompassed winds as strong as Category 2 hurricanes earlier today. Even worse, severe weather could remain in the region for days.
But after Chicago residents loss power due, and Chicago’s O’Hare airport officials canceled flights, travel is getting back closer to schedule by midday Tuesday. FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center for Chicago O’Hare International Airport says that, due to wind, “there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL (ORD). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 47 minutes.”
As to departing flights, FAA officials say the delay times can vary. “Because a traffic management program is delaying some arriving flights, departing flight schedules may be affected.” But in general, FAA adds “arrival traffic is experiencing airborne delays of 15 minutes or less.”
Chicago’s Midway airport is also suffering delays of as long as 45 minutes.