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Major delays are happening at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport due to a major power outage affecting multiple terminals.
The FAA has ordered a ground stop to all flights to the airport. Officials say that they have not determined what caused the outage, but say that they are working quickly to try and restore power. Cell and wifi service is also affected. (source) 2:54 p.m. ET December 17, 2017
Southwest has cancelled all of their flights in and out of Atlanta for the remainder of the day. No word from other airlines as to whether they will as well. (source) 4:22 p.m. ET December 17, 2017
JetBlue, United, and American Airlines have all cancelled their flights in and out of Atlanta. (source) 5:06 p.m. ET December 17, 2017
Police are asking people to stay away from the area as they begin evacuations of the airport. Massive crowds expected to be moved (source) 5:53 p.m. ET December 17, 2017
More than 680 flights cancelled and over 540 more have been delayed as a result of the incident. (source) 5:58 p.m. ET December 17, 2017
WXIA reporter Christie Ethridge: “Without sunlight, things inside the airport are starting to pose another issue. Things are getting pitch black here. And because cars aren’t being allowed to the terminal to pick up people, it’s getting worse…Very difficult to get cell service here. It’s nearly impossible. All the transmitters inside the airport are not working.”
The Miami Heat has been given the green light to fly to Atlanta for their game tomorrow, despite the power issues. (source) 6:21 p.m. ET December 17, 2017
All flights have been cancelled to and from Atlanta International and luggage is being held in a secure location for future pickup. (source) 6:34 p.m. ET December 17, 2017
People in wheelchairs had to be carried down escalators and stairwells due to the outages. (source) 6:38 p.m. ET December 17, 2017
According to Georgia Power, “The issue may have involved a fire that caused extensive damage to an underground electrical facility.” (source) 6:43 p.m. ET December 17, 2017
Power is expected to be restored by midnight. (source) 6:46 p.m. ET December 17, 2017