‘Windpocalypse’ Bears Down on Illinois

BY News Desk  October 26, 2010 at 12:58 PM EST

A large storm system is tearing through the Midwest, delaying flights at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and drawing dire nicknames like “Chiclone” and “windpocalypse” and comparisons to a hurricane.

This satellite image from NOAA shows the size of the storm:

Sustained winds of 35 to 40 mph and gusts up to 60 mph were expected throughout the afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

The Weather Channel is tracking storm updates and WBEZ Chicago is also reporting on the fallout.