Severe storms cause flooding, over 1,000 flight cancellations

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CHICAGO — More than 1,000 flights were canceled in Chicago while severe thunderstorms raked portions of Illinois.

O'Hare International Airport reported 934 flight cancellations by Friday evening and Midway International Airport reported another 129. Delays of over an hour were reported at O'Hare.

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A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued until 9:30 p.m. for Porter, Newton and Jasper counties in Indiana.


Rain also postponed Friday's doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers.

Both teams now will be scheduled to play 161 games in the 2019 season.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Cook, De Kalb, DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, La Salle, Lee, Livingston, Ogle, and Will counties in Illinois. Benton, Jasper, Lake I, Newton and Porter counties in Indiana are also included.

Thunderstorms will produce torrential rainfall with hourly rainfall rates of one to two inches or more at times. Including rain that has already fallen, some locations may observe rainfall totals of over five inches.

The (Peoria) Journal-Star reported firefighters in that city rescued two people from their homes, one with at least 2 feet of standing water.

The National Weather Service says more than 2 inches of rain fell in an hour at Pontiac Airport in Livingston in south central Illinois.


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