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Travelers Impacted by Severe Weather as Hundreds of Flights Canceled in Chicago, Trains Stopped

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Commuters trying to get home from work are seeing some train lines stopped due to severe thunderstorms and high winds, while travelers at Chicago’s airports are also feeling the impact, with more than 270 flights canceled Tuesday.

According to the Chicago Department of Aviation, 235 flights have been canceled at O’Hare International Airport as of 9 p.m. Tuesday. Another 40 flights have been canceled at Midway.

The average flight delay at O’Hare was 32 minutes, while the average delay at Midway is standing at around 16 minutes.

O’Hare was also impacted by severe weather on Monday, as more than 300 flights were canceled at the airport. A severe thunderstorm hammered the area, forcing travelers in the terminals to stay away from windows and a brief shelter-in-place order for the air traffic control tower.

According to Metra officials, trains on the inbound and outbound Metra UP-West line were halted between West Chicago and Elburn because of severe weather and high winds Tuesday evening.

Train movement is also halted on the UP-Northwest line in both directions between Barrington and McHenry, according to officials.  

Trains in Chicago are also experiencing significant issues. The Brown Line is stopped in both directions near Sedgwick because of debris on the tracks. The Purple Line is stopped at Linden due to debris, and service is suspended on the CTA Red Line between Cermak-Chinatown and Grand Avenue.

On the CTA Yellow Line, trains are halted between Dempster-Skokie and Howard because of debris on the tracks.

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