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Severe Weather Snags Football, Flights

By Alex Parker | November 17, 2013 9:07am | Updated on November 17, 2013 5:31pm
 Severe weather caused havoc across Illinois Sunday, drenching Chicago and causing fans to seek cover at Soldier Field.
Severe weather floods viaducts, delays Bears game
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CHICAGO — A series of deadly storms that caused destruction in central Illinois barrelled through the Chicago area, grounding flights at O'Hare and Midway airports Sunday and forcing Bears fans to look for cover at Soldier Field.

The Chicago Department of Aviation said planes are back in the air, but delays of up to 60 minutes are expected at O'Hare, and more than two dozen Midway flights are experiencing delays of 30 minutes or more. More than 200 flights were canceled at O'Hare, the department said. Travelers should check airlines' websites before departing for the airport.

But sunshine emerged around 2:15, and the Bears game - postponed in the first quarter as fans were ordered to take cover - resumed after a nearly two-hour delay, despite a soaked pitch.

Parts of central Illinois, including Pekin and Washington, near Peoria, were struck by tornadoes. At least six people have been reported killed.

Sunday's high is expected to be 68 degrees, according to AccuWeather. Meteorologist Andrew Baglini warned of "damaging wind gusts" accompanying thunderstorms Sunday. Winds will remain Sunday night, as the temperature dips to 36 degrees.