High winds cancel hundreds of flights, force street closures

CHICAGO — The National Weather Service has issued High Wind Warning for Chicagoland. It will remain in effect until 10 p.m. CST.

The counties included in the warning are DuPage, McHenry, Cook, Lake, Kankakee, Iroquois, Kane, Will, Grundy, Kendall, Porter, Newton and Jasper. A Wind Advisory remains is in effect for LaSalle, DeKalb and LaPorte.

Several WeatherBug sites have already recorded wind gusts of more than 50 mph. Gusts up to 60 mph are possible through Tuesday evening.

Travel may become difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Loose objects will also be thrown around.

As of about 3:30 p.m., nearly 300 flights had been cancelled at O'Hare Airport and over 400 were delayed.

Street Closures

High winds have also led to the closure of Cermak between Indiana and Calumet near McCormick Place on the Near South Side. The street has been closed to both cars and pedestrians, affecting people on their way to see President Obama's farewell address.

Officials said pedestrians will be directed through the West Building of McCormick Place, entering through Gate 41, and from there into the South building for security screening. Visitors planning to park in Lot A will need to enter through 24th Place.

22nd St. was also closed between Michigan Ave. and Martin Luther King Drive.