High winds cause delays at Chicago O'Hare; MSP flights affected

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If you're traveling to or from Chicago on Wednesday, you could face a delay.

High winds in Chicago have forced the shutdown of part of the city's O'Hare International Airport, causing delays of more than an hour on average, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Because of strong cross winds, the airport's five east-west parallel runways have been shut down, with only two diagonal runways being allowed to land planes, the newspaper notes.

More than 230 flights had been canceled by mid morning and some bound for O'Hare were diverted elsewhere, the airport announced, with delays of up to two and a half hours possible.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport departures board shows three scheduled American Airlines flights to O'Hare are delayed by at least an hour, though later flights operated by Delta, Jet, Spirit and Air Canada are currently listed as "on time."

The city's second largest airport, Chicago-Midway, is experiencing only minimal delays and has not canceled any flights, according to the Chicago Daily Herald.

The National Weather Service Chicago reports the city is currently experiencing wind gusts from the southwests of between 30-40 mph, while steady winds are at 20 mph. Wind gusts in southern Minnesota were expected to reach 40 mph at times Wednesday as well, the weather service notes.

Travelers are being advised to check with their individual airlines to determine their flight status.

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