Storms divert Chicago-bound planes to GR

Lightning in Muskegon. (Courtesy Dan Lockard via ReportIt - May 11, 2014)
Lightning in Muskegon. (Courtesy Dan Lockard via ReportIt - May 11, 2014)

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Strong storms in Chicago created a busy Sunday for Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Airport officials told 24 Hour News 8 that about 20 flights headed to the Chicago area had to be diverted to Ford because of thunderstorms in Illinois. The last one landed just after 8 p.m.

Three of those flights were international, coming from London, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Extra passengers from the flights were handled to the best of the airport’s abilities, a spokesperson said.

As of 9:20 p.m., after the storms moved out of the Chicago area and began to travel across the lake toward West Michigan, those flights started to take off again and make their way to Chicago.

 

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