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October 26, 2010 by USA Post
News Channel 5, Wcpo, Whio Weather, Whnt, Whas, Wkrc, (AFP) – Dangerous winds hundreds of flights grounded at Chicago’s O’Hare airport and maritime traffic stop Tuesday Great Lakes as a strong storm whipped the central United States.
The National Weather Service warned that violent storms would send damaging winds and tornadoes struck the Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
“It’s really blasting up there,” said Pat Slattery, a spokesman for meteorological services.
“It will explode and it is liable to last until tomorrow.”
The intense low-pressure system has reached levels equivalent to a Category 2 or 3 hurricanes and would probably set records in several states, said Slattery.
High winds associated with intense surface low “to allow the storm to form themselves into bands that are capable of producing damaging winds and swaths of a few strong tornadoes,” the weather service warned.
“State of Emergency and local managers are monitoring this situation very dangerous.”
Near hurricane force winds toppled trees and power lines, damaged buildings and snarled the morning commute.
“I did not even try to use my umbrella,” said Chicago resident Mara Davis, 33, who were awakened repeatedly at night by the storm.
“The buses were so slow, I opted for a taxi. And it took forever because the roads were so bad. ”
Ships bound for the port of safety before the storm that was predicted to kick in massive waves reaching up to 27 feet (eight meters) over Lake Superior and 12 feet (3.7 meters) on the Lake Michigan.
“We have three Lakers who came and docked for the day,” said Adele Yordi, spokesman for the Duluth (Minn.) Seaway Port. “There are a few thousand footers that we know at anchor just outside the port. They will wait out the storm there.”
While the weather service was able to give adequate warning of the boat captains oncoming storm, some were too far from the port and place to drop anchor in the lake and “position themselves so that they are broadsided by the waves, “said Yordi AFP.
More than 300 flights were canceled at O’Hare and those that are still grounded or departure delays have been about 30 minutes, officials said.
“A ground stop was in effect at O’Hare earlier today, which means that there were no departures, but there were flights arriving, spokeswoman Karen Pride said.
“The airport was never closed.”
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