Power back on in atlanta airport after outage caused “chaos” | News News
Video by Associated PressATLANTA — The world’s busiest airport said minutes after midnight Monday that power had been fully restored, some 11 hours after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International was hit with a blackout. The outage grounded more than 1,000 flights and stranded thousands of passengers just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush. The airport made the announcement on its Twitter page. UPDATE: Power has been restored on all concourses. 5,000+ meals are being delivered to passengers. Trains will be operational soon.— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) December 18, 2017Georgia Power had said in a statement that a fire caused extensive damage in an underground electrical facility, impacting substations serving the airport. The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately known. Passengers at the airport were left in the dark when the lights went out at around 1 p.m. The outage halted all outgoing flights, and arriving planes were held on the ground at their point of departure. International flights were being diverted, officials said. Mayor Kasim Reed tweeted Sunday night that all passengers had been safely deplaned. But one passenger described the situation in one terminal as “big chaos.”The City of Atlanta said on its Twitter page that it would provide shuttle service to the Georgia Convention Center for travelers in need of a place to stay and Chick-fil-A would be provided. The airport took happy note. LIGHTS ON and delivering food and water to our passengers! Thank you @dancathy with @ChickfilA for opening on a SUNDAY! #ChristmasMiraclepic.twitter.com/0PlSxHIWj5— Atlanta Airport (@ATLairport) December 18, 2017Delta passenger Emilia Duca, 32, was on her way to Wisconsin from Bogota, Colombia, when she got stuck in Atlanta. She said police made passengers who were in the baggage-claim area move to a higher floor. She said restaurants and shops were closed. Vending machines weren’t working.”A lot of people are arriving, and no one is going out. No one is s…
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