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Irene cancels flights at Chicago airports

Posted by wlpo on August 28, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) – Aviation officials say almost 400 flights have been canceled at both of Chicago’s airports because of Tropical Storm Irene.

Airlines canceled more than 300 flights at O’Hare International Airport and around 70 at Midway International Airport yesterday.

Chicago’s Department of Aviation says most of the cancellations are due to East Coast weather conditions. There aren’t any delays.

More than 11,500 flights have been canceled nationwide.

Weather officials downgraded Irene from a hurricane to a tropical storm yesterday as the storm’s winds lost speed.

As a hurricane, Irene had already unloaded more than a foot of water on North Carolina, spun off tornadoes in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, and left 4 million homes and businesses without power. At least 18 people died in the storm.

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