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Heavy Rainfall, 60 mph Winds Expected Monday Evening

By Mina Bloom | June 30, 2014 5:18pm | Updated on June 30, 2014 6:47pm
 Last year on June 12, a massive storm system moves into Chicago.
Last year on June 12, a massive storm system moves into Chicago.
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CHICAGO — Evening commuters may get stuck in the rain Monday evening, but the storm might not be as bad as originally feared.

A massive rain storm is expected to roll through the Chicago metro area Monday night, according to the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m and a flash flood warning from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

While the storm has weakened as its moved into Illinois from Iowa, there is a threat of heavy rainfall and 60 mph winds in scattered areas from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., meteorologist Matt Friedlein warned. 

Iowa saw 80 mph winds earlier Monday. Friedlein said Chicago will likely see conditions that aren't as bad.

By Friedlein's estimation, it does not appear that the massive storm will continue overnight or into the morning commute.

As of 4:30 p.m., Ohare International Aiport canceled more than 250 flights, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation. At Midway Airport, all Southwest flights arriving from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. were canceled. Airlines at both airports are experiencing minor delays.