Hundreds stranded overnight at O'Hare airport

Hundreds stranded overnight at O'Hare airport

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Severe weather passing through Chicago has caused major delays and hundreds of flight cancellations at O’Hare and Midway international airports Wednesday evening. Hundreds of travelers were stranded overnight, hoping they would soon get to their destination.

As of 8:40 p.m., more than 660 flights were canceled at O’Hare because of low visibility, and other flights are experiencing delays averaging 90 minutes, according to the city’s Department of Aviation.

Some flights have also been canceled at Midway and delays are also averaging 90 minutes.

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Thousands of travelers were stranded overnight. Many hotels in the area filled up quickly.

Aviation officials say they pulled out every cot available so the more than 1,000 people who were stranded would have a place to sleep. The travelers said while aviation officials made the stay as comfortable as possible, the delays were nothing short of frustrating.

"They kept pushing it back. Every time we would look, it would be back another hour. Then at about 12 a.m., they told us our flight was canceled, so here we are," one traveler told FOX 32.

One person told FOX 32's Joanie Lum she would never use O'Hare as a transfer airport again. As of Thursday afternoon, airline companies were still working to reschedule passengers.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely after 11 p.m. Thursday, and patchy fog was possible before 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Storms are also likely Friday paired with a high of 76 degrees.

Stay tuned to the FOX 32 Weather page for updates throughout the day.

The Sun Times Media Wire contributed to this story.

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