Chicago Severe Weather

Ground stop instituted at O'Hare amid more severe storms in Chicago area

The Chicago area is at a "slight" risk of severe weather Monday, according to the Storm Prediction Center

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The FAA has reinstituted a ground stop at O'Hare International Airport, with ground delays of more than 90 minutes reported amid a severe weather outbreak.

According to the latest information from the FAA, flights are being held at their respective airports, but flights are also being impacted at O'Hare as storms pound the area.

At O'Hare, delays were averaging approximately 40 minutes as of 3 p.m. according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.

Delays could be longer however, as the FAA estimates that departures from O'Hare could be delayed as long as 75 minutes due to the ground stop.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue developing throughout the afternoon, with the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs at a “slight” risk of severe weather, the second of five levels used by the Storm Prediction Center to describe the threat of severe storms.

The main threats with any storms that develop will be damaging wind gusts, exceeding 60 miles per hour in some cases, along with the threat of isolated hail and isolated tornadoes.

That threat of severe weather is expected to last into the evening hours, with another round of strong-to-severe storms possible on Tuesday evening.

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