Severe storms prompt ground stop at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, evacuation of control tower: report

A total of 336 flights were canceled at O’Hare as of 12:16 a.m. local time, with delays averaging 38 minutes, the Chicago Department of Transportation said. The threat of a possible tornado also led to the evacuation of the airport’s traffic control tower, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. 

The evacuation occurred after the National Weather Service (NWS) in Chicago said a confirmed tornado was on the ground near Arlington, about 100 miles southwest of Chicago. 

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Travelers arrive for flights at O'Hare international Airport on March 16, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Travelers arrive for flights at O’Hare international Airport on March 16, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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