Monday, December 13, 2010

In US, winter storm hits several states

A strong snowstorm has whipped across the upper Midwest in the US, forcing cancellations and delays of hundreds of flights in Chicago and closing roads in several states.

The winter storm, which has dumped as much as 61 cm of snow in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin wreaked havoc on air and road travel in several states and, in particular, in Chicago where over 1,600 flights were cancelled at O'Hare and Midway airports, USA Today reported on Sunday. 

More than 900 flights were cancelled at O'Hare International Airport and more than 250 were cancelled at Midway International Airport, said Chicago Department of Aviation spokeswoman, Karen Pride, adding that several flights have also been delayed. 

Major highways in several states have also been closed due to poor driving conditions and accidents. 

The blizzard has reportedly claimed at least one life while some reports point to several weather-related injuries in two separate incidents. 

The heavy snowfall has also caused the collapse of the roof of a football stadium in Minnesota. 

According to weather services, the winds are expected to gradually let up early Monday, but falling temperatures will result in wind chill values as low as minus-25 degrees through Monday morning. 

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