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Storms move through Chicago area, many flights delayed or canceled

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The second of two waves of severe thunderstorms rumbled through the Chicago area late Monday night.

More heavy rainfall and strong thunderstorms are possible before 1 a.m., though the main system has moved east out of the area and was passing through northwest Indiana late Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

A flood warning is in effect for the entire Chicago area until 2:30 a.m. July 1, according to the weather service.

The second wave of storms that barreled through the area about 10 p.m. spurred a tornado warning for southwest Will and northeast Cook counties. That warning expired at 10:30 p.m. and there were no confirmed tornado sightings, according to the weather service. A severed thunderstorm watch and warning were in place for Cook County through most of the night, but were called off late Monday.

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The storm moved through the Northwest suburbs very quickly during the late rush hour, making it difficult for people to run out to the cars without getting drenched. The skies turned dark quickly, only to be lit up by the numerous lightning strikes.

Airlines at O’Hare International Airport canceled more than 400 flights Monday, and other inbound and outbound flights saw delays averaging two hours, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation about 8 p.m. At Midway International Airport, many flights were delayed two hours or longer. Southwest Airlines had canceled the majority of its scheduled flights in and out of the airport. Many of those travelers were forced to sleep in cots in terminals Monday night.

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Thousands of travelers are expected to spend Tuesday trying to get out of Midway and O'Hare Airports. Airport officials expect many people will be able to get to their destinations Tuesday.

Due to the weather, all Metra trains on UP Northwest Line were going only as far as Crystal Lake. By 7 p.m., trains were moving with delays between 10 and 30 minutes, according to Metra.

The Chicago White Sox game scheduled for 7:10 p.m. was also postponed due to the weather, the team announced Monday evening.

The Sun Times Media Wire contributed to this story.


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