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Hundreds Of Flights Cancelled At Midway, O'Hare As Region Prepares For Severe Storms

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Jun 22, 2015 7:30PM

We knew with the passing of the summer solstice that the days would begin to grow darker again, but we didn't expect it to happen this fast.

Monday is shaping up to be cloudy and gray as storms move into the area with threats of high winds and heavy rainfall.

The National Weather Service originally issued severe thunderstorm warnings for northern Illinois, calling them "very dangerous storms," according to the Tribune, with wind-speeds up to 60 miles per hour. But since the morning the storm appears to have weakened and the "severe thunderstorm watch" placed on northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana has been removed. But anticipating dangerous flying conditions, airlines at O'Hare and Midway airports have already cancelled or delayed hundreds of flights.

The worst of the weather could come later this evening, according to weather service representatives. The late afternoon storm system "will cover more of the region, at least as far south as Interstate 80, and it will bring stronger winds, hail, heavy rain, lightning and possibly a tornado," the Tribune reports.

Here's hoping it at least won't hit during rush hour, like last week's severe Monday storms. Silver lining? At least team Chicagoist is undefeated in our media softball league! (Might have something to do with all our games this month being canceled due to rain.)