Severe Weather Cripples Major Airport Hub

By: 23 Storm Team/CBS
By: 23 Storm Team/CBS

A blast of severe weather prompted American Airlines to cancel their flights in and out of DFW Airport for a significant portion of Tuesday (3/18).

The roughly 700 canceled flights will be put into a backlog until at least
Thursday. "It's going to be a tough afternoon," said airport spokesman Ken Capps. "Everyone is working hard to keep passengers as comfortable as possible in the terminals."

A control tower was briefly evacuated when a funnel cloud was spotted. Federal Aviation Administration officials evacuated the airport's west tower for about 15 minutes after seeing a funnel cloud over a highway. A funnel cloud was also spotted over Lake Lewisville, just north of the airport.

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