Storms slam upper Midwest, delay Biden in Chicago

June 21, 2011 - 11:14 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Thunderstorms and heavy winds are slamming the upper Midwest, causing hundreds of flight cancelations at Chicago's airports and temporarily delaying the departure of Vice President Joe Biden after a fundraiser.

The Chicago Aviation Department says more than 300 flights have been canceled at O'Hare International Airport, with incoming and outgoing flights delayed by at least two hour. More than 30 flights have been canceled at Midway International Airport.

Biden was in Chicago attending a Democratic fundraiser and raising money for an epilepsy foundation. After a delay, he arrived at O'Hare and was preparing to return to Washington.

Storms also damaged two hangars at an airport in Grand Rapids, Mich. WZZM-TV says three people inside were hurt, and one was taken to a hospital for a head cut.