A power outage occurred at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta on Sunday, December 17, stranding passengers, after a fire damaged an underground electrical facility.
More than 1,100 flights to and from Atlanta were canceled, with many diverted to nearby airports. Passengers used flashlights on their phones to navigate in the dark, and one person told CNN that the situation “felt totally apocalyptic”.
Power was restored to one concourse at around 7:45 pm, more than six hours after the outage occurred in the afternoon. Georgia Power said they were working with the airport and expected to have power reinstated by midnight. A local news outlet reported that Delta Airlines, which uses Atlanta as its busiest hub, had also canceled 300 flights on Monday due to the outage. Credit: YouTube/Michelle Holton via Storyful