By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Strong winds on Thursday forced flight cancelations, delays, and unusual runway use at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

According to the Metropolitan Airports Commission, the gusty southwest winds forced air traffic controllers to shut down the two most-used parallel runways at MSP. Only a single runway was available for use during most of the day.

In all, 45 flights were canceled and 187 were delayed as of 9 p.m. Thursday.